My last day in London started with a walk to Selfridges Department Store. The department store was founded in 1908 by Harry Gordon Selfridge. The multilevel department store, taking up a city block on Oxford Street in London, was a marvel to behold when it first opened, and still is over 100 years later. People of London could walk in and socialize, as well as see the goods right before them instead of ordering from a catalog. https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/features/info/our-heritage/
The windows, as well as the displays on the floor, were all designed around the concept of Santa and his rock and roll Christmas. All the name brand goods are represented there, for example: Prada, Versace, and Gucci, to name a few, as well as more reasonably prices items.
After leaving Selfridges I continued to walk around Oxford Street, coming upon a free exhibit on Bob Dylan. I had a chance to see bob Dylan in 1988 at the University of Virginia. Having always been a fan of his music, I thought I would take a look at the exhibit https://www.halcyongallery.com/artists/bob-dylan. I already knew him to be a great poet, but he is also an artist of a different nature. He had made sketches to go with his songs; written in his own handwriting. They were framed throughout the various rooms. He is also a painter and a sculptor.
I walked on to the West End for lunch and a matinee of the 66 year running of “The Mousetrap,” by Agatha Christie, in St Martin’s theatre. http://www.the-mousetrap.co.uk The show is worth a see, and did not disappoint.
After the show I went back to Palmer’s Lodge Swiss Cottage to pick up my luggage before heading to a hotel next to London Stansted Airport, for an early flight the next morning to Nuremberg Germany. My stay at Palmer’s was relaxing and cheap; saving money for great food, shows and more.
December in London was truly a treat. https://www.timeout.com/london/christmas
As I leave London for now, I share one of my favorite pictures of London. It is across from St James Park, in the evening from a trip in 2017. I will revisit London in the future on this site; sharing past and future trips there.