After my bad luck with Apsley House (closed for refurbishment) I was a bit baffled – what to do next? I had been counting on that visit.
Oh, well, I just had to keep walking didn’t I?
So I strolled down some street (herds of tourists everywhere) and spontaneously decided to turn off a side street…
And I found myself in a completely amazing world!
Deserted streets… with beautiful buildings… one or two passers-by… all this in the very centre of London! Wow! How was it even possible?!
Everything was so quiet… so deserted… so mysterious… Where was I? In some completely different and enchanted world.
I walked further and further away from the noise and bustle of London and eventually I reached this monument
Hmm, I thought, he must be the man responsible for creation of this heavenly corner of the capital, surely. Especially when I saw this inscription:
So I looked him up. Errm, no, he wasn’t what I thought at all, not an artist or an architect – just a 18th century aristocrat. So why the monument then? Aha, looks like it was because the actual place, Grosvenor Square is the centrepiece of the Mayfair (exclusive London’s district) property of the Duke of Westminster. In the beginning of the 18th century one of them got a licence to develop Grosvenor Square and the surrounding streets and I have to admit he did a good job!
From here I started hearing the noise of London again. Time to go back from this enchanted world which I could never imagine even existed in the midst of London