Being an American, I’m used to a certain level of public patriotism, especially during the summertime. I’m used to seeing American flags waving in the wind, posters and banners placed all around town, and red, white, and blue EVERYWHERE.
Our love of patriotic things becomes even more intense during the month of July. Every July, for as long as I remember, I have watched my mother plant little rows of tiny American flags leading up to our front door. I have driven on country roads and nearly crashed my car trying to watch the fireworks go off. And, of course, on our Independence Day on the 4th of July, I have worn an embarrassing amount of red, white, and blue (side note: if you didn’t own an Old Navy American t-shirt as a kid that you only wore one day out of the year, can you even call yourself an American???).
However, this was the first 4th of July that I spent out of my country. And, I wasn’t just in any country….I was in England, the very country that I was supposed to be celebrating my independence from. Awkward.
I have had exactly TWO field trips for my program. The first was on Thanksgiving in November, where I had to spend my holiday in a museum. The second was on the 4th of July, America’s day of Independence, which I spent in a museum. I mean, it was cool and all and I had a good time, but I’m beginning to think that this is a bit passive-aggressive of my British teachers….
So, since I missed out seeing American patriotism everywhere, I figured I would share a little bit of London’s patriotic pride.
This is the Temperley London store, located in Colville Mews, Notting Hill.
Below is one of my favorite doors in all of London! Located on Ledbury Road in Notting Hill.
This statue is only temporarily in Sloane Square, and is promoting the Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Saachi Gallery.
St. Christopher’s Place, with its huge mural of the Queen for her 90th birthday:
Do I need to mention the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations? (Don’t forget: she gets two birthdays)
And, last but not least, is this mural on the side of a home in Codrington Mews, Ladbroke Grove.
Apparently this is Stanley Donwood’s creation for Thom Yorke’s solo album The Eraser, portraying a flood.
If you look closely, you can see the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, the River Thames, the Gherkin, and other famous London landmarks!