Continued from here and here.

Shoppers, tourists, office workers, weaving their way through cabs, cars, buses and bikes – the typical Regent Street scene. Who would imagine that bubble princesses, half out of a fairy tale and cycle-rickshaws, half out of South East Asia also ply their trade here?
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Scenes from Regent Street in black and white

Scenes from Regent Street in black and white

Scenes from Regent Street in black and white

The cabs and the bubbles on Regent Street are courtesy Hamley’s – the largest toy store in the world and a popularity, arguably rivaling the Buckingham Palace in touristy circles. The cycle rickshaws or pedicabs, as they’re also called, run in a few select tourist hot-spots around Soho in Central London. Mostly driven by out of work punters or students trying to make an extra buck, they’re known to be pretty safe and fun. There are generally no background checks on the drivers, but I suppose you could calmly jump off if the driver tries to er…speed away with you. I personally haven’t been on one in London – but have had lots of ‘authentic’ rickshaw experiences in India, so this is not very new to me. In comparison to India’s rickshaws in fact, these ones seem ultra-safe and boring. The safety takes the edge out of a rickshaw ride – imagine one in the middle of mad traffic zipping about you, with your heart in your throat and your hair on edge, as you desperately cling to the seat, trying not to fall off the thing. Haha! There there, I assure you, the London ‘pedicab’ ride is nothing like that.The bubble girl, also courtesy Hamley’s, was drawing a lot of attention (and customers to Hamley’s), but she seemed to have her own concerns on her mind. And then she noticed me clicking and struck a pose.

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She was certainly bringing some cheer about her. :)

Scenes from Regent Street in black and white

And that sums up my Regent Street experience in black and white. Would love to hear how you liked it, and especially feedback on my black and white pictures.

I’ve noticed quite a few new subscribers and followers of this blog – a big thank you to all of you! Please introduce yourselves and let me know what you think of my work. If you prefer to stay in the background, that’s alright too – I still really appreciate your support and interest. Will be back soon with more. Until then, let’s collectively hope for the return of good summery weather to London!

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