Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Cheers Bar In Piccadilly Circus

Before I had stumbled past this place, I had no idea that the tv show (or license holders) sold rights in the name. According to wikipedia
Cheers was perhaps the first major non-science fiction TV series to have an important licensing campaign since I Love Lucy. The show lent itself naturally to the development of "Cheers" bar-related merchandise, culminating in the development of a chain of "Cheers" themed pubs. Paramount's licensing group, led by Tom McGrath, developed the "Cheers" pub concept initially in partnership with Host Marriott which placed "Cheers" themed pubs in 24+ airports around the world. A full-scale Cheers reproduction was built in Piccadilly Circus in London and Boston boasts of the original Cheers bar
The official web site says that
Cheers, London was inspired by the popular U.S. comedy series, and incorporates bar, restaurant and merchandise store. It is the only officially licensed Cheers bar and restaurant in Europe.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The End of Regent Street

Although it's not technically the end of the street, it's pretty close. This is near where Regent Street intersects Picadilly Circus.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

One More Of Regent Street

From the Regent Street web site:
In 1811 Regent Street was designed by the architect John Nash as a compliment to the Prince Regent. He sought to link Carlton House, the home of the Prince Regent, with Regent's Park where the future king was planning to build a new palace.

Few structural or physical changes have been made since the 1920s. Yet there are now many famous fashion and department stores and exciting new international arrivals such as Apple Store, Aquascutum and Lacoste. The street is now home to three large hotels and the food quarter in Heddon Street. Many businesses are located in the offices above and behind the shops.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Brooks Brothers Building

The Regent Street web site tells us that
Established in 1818, Brooks Brothers has an unrivaled history. The first ready-to-wear fashion emporium in America, the company prides itself on having shaped the American style of dress through 'fashion innovation, fine quality,personal service and exceptional value in our products'.

The company has dressed every U.S. President since Abraham Lincoln, plus a wealth of style icons from Clarke Gable, Fred Astaire and Gianni Agnelli to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Not one to shy away from the limelight of Hollywood, Brooks Brothers even dressed the likes of Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbour, Will Smith in Ali, and none of other than the fabulolusly stylish Katherine Hepburn.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Corner of Beak St. and Regent St.

This beautiful building is home to Massimo Dutti. Their (exceedingly confusing) web site tells us that
Massimo Dutti was founded in 1985 as a company whose main activity was the sale of fashionable men's clothing. ... 10 years later it extended into other areas such as women's fashion.

It has 390 stores in 29 countries.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Great Marlborough Street and Regent Street

The street that Marlboro cigarettes were named after. They were named so because the site of the original factory used to be on this street.

Wikipedia says that
The construction of Great Marlborough Street began in the early 18th century. A tablet formerly attached to a house at the corner of Great Marlborough Street and Foubert's Passage (now Place) was inscribed "Marlborough Street 1704", the name being in honour of the commander of the English Army, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. Initially the street was a fashionable address. Out of a hundred peers summoned before the King in 1716, five lived in Great Marlborough Street. In the 19th century the street became mainly commercial and remains so today. Most of the present buildings are replacements dating from the Victorian Era or later.

Great Marlborough Street is the location of the Tudor wing of Liberty's department store, a few foreign language bookshops, offices and the back entrance to Marks and Spencer's Oxford Street branch. The European Headquarters of Sony Playstation and London Studios are also located on the street as was the London College of Music until that institution removed to Ealing in west London in 1991.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More Of The Buses On Oxford Street

Sunday, March 9, 2008

London College of Fashion

According to their web site,
The London College of Fashion is the only college in the UK to specialise in fashion education, research and consultancy.

This particular location (they have more than one) is located on the corner of John Prince's St. and Oxford St.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Buses on Oxford Street

It was very near this spot that I was stopped by the royal police for investigation of terrorism because I had a camera on a tripod to take these pictures. Evidently this is a "sensitive area" and I aroused suspicion by taking so may pictures. Details of the written citation to come later.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Whistlestop Food and Wine

Also pictured is the mixed use building on the corner of Bryanston Street and Cumberland Place.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

North Audley Street

I can't remember the exact place on North Audley Street this photo was taken, so the spot on the map below is my best guess. The taxi in the foreground is a minicab, which means they are not licensed to pick up fares from the street. They must be booked in advance. They are easy to distinguish from the traditional black cabs, which are licensed, insured, and whose drivers know every street in London.