PhotoStories | Kingly Court On A Cold London Evening

  • January 27, 2009
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  • Author: Shilpa

I have hundreds of old pictures that I could put up here, but the last few posts and the response to them had me craving to click more NOW. London is full of opportunities and stories, every street, every street corner is different from the next.

I decided to visit Carnaby Street today. As I turned into Brook Street from Regent Street to get to Carnaby though, I got accosted (literally) by Kingly Court – a stunning shopping and lifestyle courtyard conversion built about 6 years ago.

 

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The three storeyed development consists of a central courtyard surrounded on all sides by pretty fashion and lifestyle boutiques and trendy cafes and bars. Since it’s a Tuesday and I went in after lunch, it wasn’t as crowded as I’m used to seeing it.
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The most magnificent part of the court, however, is the tensile fabric canopy that covers its length and breadth.
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I was met with a few curious glances and onevery suspicious glare by an Asian woman as I went about clicking. That’s terrorism-era-London for you. For the most part though, people didn’t seem to be too bothered by me. A couple of people including a bar bouncer did try to peep into my camera’s large LCD display to check what I was upto, and I let them, without making it apparent to them that I was letting them! :)

The gentleman on the left is ‘posing’ for me here – he deliberately sauntered into the frame and then smiled at me once I was done clicking! Not that I’m complaining – he lent some interesting symmetry to this frame.

 

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What I really love about this place, apart from the uber cool shops and boutiques, is the cool laidback-ness of the place in the middle of the frenzy of Regent Street and Carnaby Street that lie just outside it. People hang about alone or in groups, snog a kiss or hog a drink or two, or just pass through from Regent Street to Carnaby, while the signboards ooze their quirky urban charm and take me in.
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I guess Carnaby Street will have to be another post then.

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