Friday, November 29thth 2013
We had a dinner date with family this evening. The venue was in Panton Street, not a stone’s throw from Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.
Making our way through Leicester Square (not the crossroads where the tube station resides but the actual square of that name), we saw that they were preparing for the Christmas Fun Fair. Construction work was still going on but although the fair is supposed to run from December 1st, some stalls were already open and doing business. The main attraction was the big wheel. Not as big as the London Eye, of course, it was nonetheless an eye-catcher.
Though the fair was not officially open, it was attracting quite a few people, most of whom seemed bemused by the sight. Many stopped to take photos with their camera phones.
As they moved among the lights, the people seemed to flicker and become insubstantial. The camera, of course, blurs them and sees them as ghosts, caught mistily in mid-gesture.
I stayed on the periphery, looking forward to boarding a bus and escaping the cold, but the crowd was drawn to the brightly lit interior like moths pulled towards the flame.
The pubs, clubs and restaurants around the square were also lit up, as though echoing the lights of the fun fair.
We walked along Irving Street, now pedestrian-only and lined with resturants, leaving the lights behind us and seeking the bus stop in Charing Cross Road.