I spent my first afternoon in London, today, just walking around the streets and taking everything in. Ostensibly I was looking for a tote bag to carry my iPad, but could not find what I was looking for. So I made my way up Oxford Street and then turned right heading down Regent Street, with its elegant curved Georgian buildings that conform to the curve of the street. See picture below:
Arriving at Picadilly Circus, I made a bee line down Picadilly and got entrapped in Hatchards, aka simply one of the best book stores that I have ever been in. I spent several hours browsing through the book stacks and purchased three books (although I could have bought many more, but I have to carry all of them home with me eventually.
I bought Digby Smiths book on SYW armies and uniforms, The Red House Mystery by AA Milne, and one of the Saint-Simon Templar books by Leslie Charteris. I'm a big Saint fan and have been for a long time. I've always enjoyed Milne's non-childrens book such as "England Have My Bones", so now I have some good reading material for the rest of the trip.
A few steps down the street is Fortnum & Mason food emporium and I probably spent a good hour strolling through the store and admiring the food displays, such as these:
You have to love a cheese called Stinking Bishop.
Tomorrow it will be museum day.