Our next stop was Piccadilly Circus. Other than the Eros statue there isn't a lot to see or do there. Ken likes the light up signs. There used to be a huge Tower Records store there, to the left in the picture below. It closed years go. I went there and got Jackson Brown's autograph for my sister once, but I missed Crowded House performing live, (and for free!), to promote their first album, because I was in Norwich babysitting.
|Emma, Ivy, Cheryl, and a disgruntled Ken in Piccadilly Circus. Ken felt the girls were running him around. He had been looking forward to photographing the place.|
There also used to be a cookie shop to the right and down the street from the site of the photo. I used to get the best chocolate cookies there all the time. They microwaved them until they were melty. Best cookies ever!
From Piccadilly Circus it was a minute or two to Carnaby Street.
|Cheryl, me, Emma, and Ivy about to enter Carnaby Street.|
|This shop had interesting shoes.|
|In this shop Emma was tempted by this purse that looked like a carton of juice. She managed to resist, mainly because she had seen a very similar one cheaper somewhere else. She didn't see it again though.|
|Ken and Cheryl outside Shakespeare's Head (?).|
|This is a bit blurry. Essentially they're claiming the pub used to be owned by some of Shakespeare's "distant relatives".|
|Ken ordering a pint in Shakespeare's Head.|
|Ken and Cheryl inside Shakespeare's Head.|
|I don't drink. I had another Appletiser. Ahhh...|
|My mouth doesn't look like it's saying 'There it is.', but...there it is.|
Queen Mary gave the store a Royal Warrant in 1938.This marked Hamley's as a supplier to the royal family.
During World War II the store was bombed 5 times!Those Nazis really hated toys I guess...
|Hey! Tammy's out of the purse again!|
I was surprised to see this whole window display for Our Generation dolls in the front window, since I thought they were Target only products.
They have more Our Generation than Target does, as you will see...
|It was getting late and we would soon have to catch our train back to Hull, so I rushed through to find the most interesting stuff.|
|I think that's an air conditioner. They must have been having some trouble. There was another one in the doll department, and it was still really hot in there.|
|So where are the dolls?! Quick!|
Here's a small clearance area.
The creepy things below it are One Direction dolls, but what are these creepy things?
|Looks like Stitch's psycho cousin. Or if Stitch had kids with The Cheshire Cat.|
The Monster High section...
Then there was the Disney department...
|35 pounds! That's more than $50! How much is this thing at home?|
|Aw! Baby Merida!|
|She's beautiful. Again, I am tempted, but can't you get these at home?|
|But look at that face!|
The Frozen section....
|I love Bunny Blanc. And she's a blonde. Go figure.|
The Corolle dolls. Now we're getting closer to what I want.
|Paris? How about London?|
A stack of 10 or 12 inch dolls.
Doll houses and furniture.
The Playmobile department? How did this get in here? I think this was a different floor.
Back to the clearance stuff. Mooshkas, which I love, Pinkie Cooper, which I also like, and a doll I've never seen before.
Each doll speaks several different languages.
|Shiroh, Tisha, and Nina|
|(And she's still expensive, even on clearance.)|
But it was the dolls under the Rooti dolls that were so confusing, and of interest to a lot of you. But this post has been really long already, so you'll have to wait for part two.