Saturday 12 December 2015

Christmassy London

London looked festive and bright on Monday when we visited for the day. The lights on Regent Street were not on when we were there, but they looked really interesting - the theme was mechanical clockwork and we wondered what they would look like when lit, but by the time it got dark, we had moved on.

Gift Horse, by Hans Haacke on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

An LED bow showing a ticker of the latest stock prices tied around the bronze skeleton of a horse - a symbol of the ravages of the market.

Having seen some exhibitions at the Courtauld Gallery we walked into the courtyard of Somerset House which looked very festive

dominated by the Christmas tree in the middle

the ice-skating was in full swing.

We moved on to the Embankment - across the river the city was all lit up

it all looked wonderful

as did Somerset House behind us.

The ice skating had stopped when we went back to the courtyard and while the next lot of ice skaters were queueing to get in, the rink was being smoothed out

it all looked different as the LED lights changed colour.

We retraced our steps and by then all the Christmas lights were on

The Strand looked very festive

as did Trafalgar Square.

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