London, England - Part II
Catherine with a couple of Bobbies and the red double decker buses in the background
The Hungerford Bridge is actually one railway bridge sandwiched between two pedestrian walkways.
Offices of Paul McCartney's music publishing company - MPL Communications
During our London trip Catherine and I took a "Rock and Roll" tour that included many sights of various Beatle events, including the Apple Headquarters where the Beatles had their last concert. After failing to agree on any other venue, the band settled for an unannounced concert atop their own building, Apple's headquarters. The Beatles, accompanied by Preston, performed on January 30, 1969.
Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London and one of the Royal Parks of London. Speakers' Corner is an area where public speaking is allowed, and is located in the north-east corner of Hyde Park in London. Within this area, a speaker is allowed to talk about any subject without fear of legal repercussions. Only two subjects are off limits: the British Royal Family and the overthrow of the British government.
The Hippodrome is a building on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square in London. The name was in fact used for many different theatres and music halls, of which the London Hippodrome is one of only a few survivors. The name 'hippodrome' derived from the fact that animal acts were originally part of the show.
The London Hippodrome was built in 1900 by Frank Matcham for Edward Moss as a hippodrome for circus and variety performances, including large water tank for aquatic spectacles. It was reconstructed by Matcham as a music-hall and variety theatre with c. 1340 seats in 1909 and it was here that Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake was first danced in England by the Russian Ballet in 1910.
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. In one of the galleries is the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible, manuscripts from Mozart and the Beatles, Leonardo Da Vinci notebooks, Alice's Adventures Under Ground, and Shakespeare's First Folio.
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