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Fancy one more shot of a very christmassy looking london? good monday evening from beautiful regent street and this super shot by @lakudavies.
'cor how bloomin' lovely is this?... try saying that in your very best d**e van d**e cockney accent! if you're going to put christmas decorations up, you might as well go big! i would go big, but a mouse nibbled on my baubles whilst i was sleeping and i'm none too chuffed about it.
this was one of the first planned developments of london with a desire to impose order on the old higgledy-piggledy medieval street patterns. plans began after the great fire of london (1666) when sir christopher wren created an alternative design. london was only just recovering from the great plague of 1665 – which had left as many as 100,000 of its residents dead – when fire broke out on the morning of sunday, september 2, 1666. at times the flames rose to 100ft and the fire raged so fiercely that people as far away as oxford were able to see the smoke. pieces of burnt paper travelled as far as windsor.
about 80 per cent of the old city – 436 acres – was destroyed, about a third of london including its suburbs. sadly, wren's ideas didn't come into fruition. but thanks to famed architect john nash, its grade ii listed facades are considered some of the most distinguished architecture in london. regent street receives over 7.5 million tourist visits a year which does sound slightly bonkers. have you been? well worth visiting to see this glorious sight! great shot by @lakudavies
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