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Street Pianos in London

Posted by HelenEdith on July 4, 2009

Street Piano, St Mary Axe, at the corner of the Aviva Plaza and Leadenhall Street

Street Piano, St Mary Axe, at the corner of the Aviva Plaza and Leadenhall Street

About two weeks ago, I saw a guy playing a piano on the corner of St Mary Axe and Leadenhall Street, at the top of the steps to the Aviva Plaza. I thought that he must have brought it there to busk, but when I got around to crossing the street to take a closer look, I found out that wasn’t the case at all. This piano is part of a project called Play Me I’m Yours :: Street Pianos in which street pianos are placed in a city centre for anybody to play. The pianos currently dotted around London are due to remain for a further week, but will then be donated to local schools and community groups.

Having discovered that this piano was one of 30; and that another was just down the road in Leadenhall Market, I took a stroll down there after work for a look and located that piano in the covered market area, where it is at least protected from the weather by more than a bit of polythene sheeting.

Street Piano, Leadenhall Market

Street Piano, Leadenhall Market

It has fared a little better than the one at St Mary Axe, and still had a piano stool when I saw it, which is more than can be said for the one at St Mary Axe. However, it had several non-working keys!

I’m not sure how grateful I would be if my school or community group received one of these pianos after it had spent a hard month out on the streets of London – even though it hasn’t rained that much! 🙂

However, I must uncover my piano at home and have a little practice on it and then maybe go and have a little go on these street pianos. Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata might be a little ambitious both for me and the pianos, but I could probably manage Fur Elise. 🙂


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Website Update: Secret London Walk Pictures, Tuesday 7th April 2009

Posted by HelenEdith on April 12, 2009

Last Tuesday evening, I went on a “Secret London” walk arranged by the Sports and Social Club at work.

We did a loop past the Lloyd’s Building, through the Leadenhall Market, crossed Eastcheap, where we looked at camels and a pig’s head on the buildings there, and then we went down to Lower Thames Street, taking in the garden in the ruins of St Dunstan in the East on our way. Then we turned to the west and looked at the recently refurbished Monument – Sir Christopher Wren’s memorial to the Great Fire of London. From there, we went behind Gracechurch Street. We crossed Lombard Street and admired the hanging signs, and then looked at the rear of the old Barclays headquarters on the corner of Lombard Street and Gracechurch Street. After that, we looked at the exterior of St Stephen Walbrook, viewed One Poultry and the nearby Temple of Mithras, and headed north to view the exterior of the building where Benjamin Disraeli served as an articled clerk, before arriving at the end of our walk at The Guildhall.

The pictures I took during the walk are now up on my website here: “Secret London” Walk Pictures, 7th April 2009

Here are a few of the pictures you can find on the page linked above:

SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5674_ed_cr_1x2 This is Bulls Head Passage on the periphery of Leadenhall Market. The blue doorway was painted black and used in some of the Harry Potter films as the entrance to The Leaky Cauldron.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5675_ed Camel Caravan relief by William Theed II above the entrance to Peek House.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5694_ed The garden entwined with the ruins of St Dunstan in the East. This is the picture most people like best from my evening’s photography.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5705_ed The Monument.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5729_ed The old Barclays headquarters. This is my own favourite picture from the evening.

You’ll have to visit the link provided if you want to see the rest of my pictures!

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