I decided to visit Carnaby Street today. As I turned into Brook Street from Regent Street to get to Carnaby though, I got accosted (literally) by Kingly Court - a stunning shopping and lifestyle courtyard conversion built about 6 years ago.
I was met with a few curious glances and one very suspicious glare by an Asian woman as I went about clicking. That's terrorism-era-London for you. For the most part though, people didn't seem to be too bothered by me. A couple of people including a bar bouncer did try to peep into my camera's large LCD display to check what I was upto, and I let them, without making it apparent to them that I was letting them! :)
The gentleman on the left is 'posing' for me here - he deliberately sauntered into the frame and then smiled at me once I was done clicking! Not that I'm complaining - he lent some interesting symmetry to this frame.
What I really love about this place, apart from the uber cool shops and boutiques, is the cool laidback-ness of the place in the middle of the frenzy of Regent Street and Carnaby Street that lie just outside it. People hang about alone or in groups, snog a kiss or hog a drink or two, or just pass through from Regent Street to Carnaby, while the signboards ooze their quirky urban charm and take me in.
I guess Carnaby Street will have to be another post then.