Lights in Leicester Square

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.

Big Wheel

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.

Camera ghosts

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.

Moths drawn to the flame

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.

Illuminated pubs and restaurants

The pubs, clubs and restaurants around the square were also lit up, as though echoing the lights of the fun fair.

Looking down Irving Street

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.

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I live in Islington (N London) with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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4 Responses to Lights in Leicester Square

  1. Lemastre says:

    During the 1980s, I visited London every December. Lately, some physical problems have discouraged that, so I’ve become a vicarious visitor, and I thoroughly enjoy your photos of London scenes, as they bring back my hours spent walking through the West End and the streets from there to the museum district, Holland Park, Brompton Road, etc.

  2. WOL says:

    The blue and white lights make a lovely effect. There’s something magical about the night when it’s lit in such a way.

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