After finishing up here, I walked down Bond Street, eager to find a garment that was not synthetic. Even though my activities here can definitely be described more as "window shopping" than actual "shopping", I simply love all of the lore and splendour that surrounds this borough where royalty goes shopping. I admired shoes at Oxford, found a cool department store called Fenwick, and a nail salon that offers 5 pound manicures.
One of the best stops of the day was the Haunch of Venison Gallery.
I had read about this famous contemporary art gallery before, and I was excited when I saw that they were showcasing a neat exhibition called 'The Mystery of Appearance'. The show featured works by significant post-war painters such as Lucien Freud, David Hockney, and Richard Hamilton. I was glad that I stopped in - at the very least so that I could escape the cold outside.
To top off the day, I experienced what may only be called a quintessentially tourist moment in London. I was walking past the legendary Claridge's hotel, which houses Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, and I noticed a small crowd of people gathered by the entrance. I edged toward them, and I saw that a silver Bentley was parked in the street. A mood of anticipation was in the air. Suddenly, through the glass doors emerged Gordon Ramsay himself.
He stopped to sign a book and to respond to some questions of a media correspondent and then hopped into the waiting vehicle. Of course, I did not have my camera.