04.06.2015 - 04.06.2015 22 °C
"London calling, yes, I was there, too
An' you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
London calling at the top of the dial
After all this, won't you give me a smile?
The Clash - London Calling
Yes I was here too, back when the Clash was still playing and punk was still a thing! God I'm old!!!!!
Instead of wandering the street of riot torn Brixton at night, we are walking the serene streets of Kensington and staying just up the road at Bayswater. My how things have changed.
The journey itself was seamless. Quick metro trip to Gare du Nord, hop on the Eurostar arrive in Kings Cross Station then another short tube trip to Bayswater. All up 3 hours to get door to door from Paris to London. Not bad!
We have rented an apartment, so it is nice to have a place more like your (small) house, rather than a hotel room, especially given we will be staying seven days. It is on the main (Queensway) road running through Bayswater.
We decided to take a short walk around the local area. So we took a stroll through Kensington Gardens and waved to Will, Kate and Charlotte in their palace. It was a beautiful big garden area and given it was a sunny day there were lots and lots of people out enjoying the sunshine. If I thought I was in a English speaking country then I was mistaken. I have never hear so many languages and accents in one place. It shows that London is a tourist magnet, but there is also a very strong diaspora population from all over the world. There were many Russian, Spanish, Italians, French, American and Middle Eastern people that I heard. So much so that I had a second glance when I heard a London accent. Still that is the norm in a large international city.
Afterwards went for a walk down to Notting Hill and then back to the apartment. The streets and private garden squares are magnificent. However it does come at a price. I saw two apartments for sale in Bayswater that had prices of 1.8 and 1.7 million pounds.