British and Belgian Signs We Loved

Here are a bunch of signs.  Some funny, some fascinating for various reasons.

Apsley House Garden

Tiles in the Baker Street Tube Station

Target at the French Encampment at Waterloo

In case you can't make this out, it reads: "St. James Theatre. On this site stood the St. James Theatre demolished in 1957 despite an epic campaign of protest led by Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier.  George Alexander, manager from 1890-1918, staged both Oscar Wilde's 'Lady Windemere's Fan' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest' for the first time."  The sign was put up by Theatreland: Heart of the Performing Arts in London, a joint venture of the City of Westminster and the Society of West End Theatres. It sits just outside the still-existing Golden Lion Pub, 25 King Street, St. James, to which Almack's patrons occasionally were known to have retired for a drink during the Wednesday night balls.

Don't you love pubs named after  architects? The Henry Holland can be found at 39 Duke Street in Marylebone. Holland (1745-1806) did work for the Prince Regent at Carlton House and the original Brighton Marine Pavilion, and he designed Brooks's Club, St. James St. as well as many other English sites.

John Lennon, 1940-1980, Musician and Songwriter, on a Baker Street building

Some folks don't care for the new government in Westminster.

All the pubs had World Cup games!!!

A shop in the Seven Dials neighborhood, above and below.

What in the world is elastic glue anyway?

Same Seven Dials area.

The part I like best is "Horse Clothing!" It also reads B. Flegg, Est. 1847, Saddler & Harness Maker; Large stock of Second Hand Saddlery and Harness, Horse Clothing."

The Tate Britain Gallery had a big sign advertising their Rude Britannia exhibition of satirical drawings, cartoons, and so forth. The Brits excel at this kind of fun, whether social, political or artistic.

This sign reads "Nell Gwynn Chinese Restaurant. Eat and drink in the house used by Charles II and Nell Gwynn." So that's how the mistress of a king ends up after all these years, serving egg rolls and Peking duck!

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Maybe this is a little better. After all the Belgians are renowned for their beer, as well as their chocolate.

Even on the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the Wellington Cafe near the battlefield advertised the World Cup on tv. Incidentally, this was about the only mention of the victor of the battle that we found around here. Seemed like all the souvenirs were of Napoleon.  Remember, guys, he lost!!!

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