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Camera Cafe: Museum Street, London

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Camera Cafe: Museum Street, London

London. Summer 2007

people on museum Street

Cholo and I had just finished exploring a small part of the British Museum*.

We turned right on the main exit and just started walking. I was so amazed looking at the surrounding buildings! Red bricked town houses, well maintained apartment buildings since the early 1800’s. **

In a corner across the road, I saw a store pained in red, teeming with tourists. I asked Cholo if we can check it out.

We crossed the road.

It was a souvenir shop.

We made the rounds inside. Cholo didn’t pick up anything, I bought a number of pencils for posterity’s sake. As we exited we saw this quaint little street lined with small cafes and bookshops. We were at Museum Street.

“This is a nice street!” exclaims Cholo.

We walk a bit further and we choose a small cafe to satisfy the hunger in our bellies. It is a nice place to relax and to go people watching.

having coffee by Museum Street

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On a separate occasion, Cholo and I visited the British Museum a second time and found ourselves a quaint little coffee shop/camera museum by Museum Street.

It was called Camera Cafe.

It was an instant hit with Cholo.

We were greeted by a Japanese man( a cute Japanese man) who owns the cafe. I can’t remember if he’s an avid photographer or if he’s simply an avid collector of cameras. He told us that he inherited his initial collection from his father and since then he’s been collecting and selling.

When you enter, you will see different kinds of cameras for sale and for your viewing pleasure. Everything is about cameras from ceiling to floor.

Don’t be turned off though, even if you detest cameras, this cafe has a warm ambiance that makes you feel at home. It’s friendly atmosphere and laid back approach  is a nice break from going around hectic London.

he found a pleasant spot

love this place

WiFi is free, but do order a cup of coffee or a sandwich as a gesture of good will.

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for reviews about Camera Cafe, click here.

*Accessible via The Tube station of Tottenham Court Road on the Central and northern Line or via The Tube station Holborn on the Central and Piccadilly line.

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**I have learned later on that most buildings in London are well preserved. You are not allowed to remodel the building or even drill holes to attach an antaena until you ask permission from the city first (subject to approval too!). You will notice too as you walk about, these buildings have markers on the very top of it that states what year it has been erected. Amazing.

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The London Eye

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The London Eye

Summer. July 2007. South Bank. London.

There we were, looking up at this majestic ferris wheel. It’s huge. I bring my eyes back to the ground, glare got in my eye. I look at the long line of tourists before me, trying to discern where the line starts and ends.

Cholo says, “The Line’s long.”

I open my guide-book, Fodor’s London’s 25 Best, and started reading about the London Eye.

“Would you like to ride?” I ask, lifting my head from the guide-book.

“No!”

I forgot he’s scared of heights.

I look at the ticket booth to check how much the rates are. I say to Cholo, “We don’t have to! It costs 14.50 Pounds (at that time around 1450 Pesos)!”

That’s just for 30 minutes.

The awe left as fast as it came.

We snapped a few photos of the London Eye and decided to walk towards Westminster.

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We emerged earlier from The London Underground Embankment Station* that summer afternoon after spending our morning at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. We got “museum-ed out” and decided to just relax and headed for the South Bank of the River Thames.

After spending an hour or so, relaxing by the gardens near the Embankment* Tube Station, we crossed the Golden Jubilee Bridge and saw the London Eye looming before us.

Surrounding the London Eye is a nice park where the locals walk about, pushing babies in their carriages.  Others give their kids some coins to drop in a hat by the foot of an actor. The kids squeal and laugh in delight, as if they have discovered the magical key to make the marble statue move. You hear a scream,or two, of fright and see some kids bursting in tears. They seek refuge in the arms of their fathers.

Walking a bit further, We stumble upon a carousel by the London Eye. The warm afternoon sun made the carousel burst into vivid colors. Pinks, reds, blues and greens. It just hooked me. You hear the children laughing and you see them smiling.

What a pretty sight.

I called out to Cholo and we continued walking towards the London Eye.

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*Embankment Station is accessible via the Bakerloo Line, the Northern Line, the Cirlce Line or through the District Line.

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