London Pt III: The Vagina Museum, A Phallic Building, The Famous Cock & A String Of Filming Locales

With Rina having returned to Japan for work I was left to my own devices for a day and a bit in London. Camden Town was one of the areas I wanted to revisit as I’d come across a couple of quirky places whilst navigating my maps app. Camden is a cool and funky place but it is very touristy.

 

Amongst the loud, in-your-face, and slightly tacky High Street shop facades is the Stables Market which is a great place for street-food, and it was also a shooting location forLock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels‘ (1999). I never had any idea that an Amy Winehouse statue had been erected there. It certainly wasn’t around when I last visited in 2013. I was a fan of her music and, having only just watched a documentary film about her late last year, was definitely keen to see the bronze statue of her.

 

Not too far from there was my second place of interest. The Vagina Museum. Yes, you did read that correctly! I couldn’t resist slipping in to see what it was all about but I didn’t stay in there too long! The exhibition highlights a handful of the myths circulating in popular culture and the internet about all things “down there.”

 

The next three pictures all have movie-location connections. The classical pillared frontage of the old Royal Exchange Building standing opposite the Bank of England in the area of the city appropriately called Bank featured in ‘Mary Poppins Returns‘ (2018). 

Bridget Jones’s Diary‘ (1999) climaxes with Bridget not only getting a new diary but the man of her dreams too. And it’s snowing. The locale was Royal Exchange Buildings in Cornhill which is very near to the aforementioned Bank of England.

Around the corner from there is the 88 metre high architectural wonder known as the Lloyds Building. It’s on 1 Lime Street and was innovative for its exterior possessing the staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes thereby leaving an uncluttered space inside. This place became the “New York” high-rise which appears a couple of times in ‘Entrapment‘ (1999). It’s been in a load of other movies too.

Having included the women’s anatomy it’s only fair that the men’s is featured too. Standing at 180 meters, the Gherkin (30 St. Mary Axe) is often described as looking a little phallic. It used to be known previously as the Swiss Re Building around the time it appeared in ‘Basic Instinct 2‘ (2006).

 

The architectural wonder that is the eyelid entrance of CityPoint (below) on Ropemaker Street was seen most recently in the series finale of the hugely popular BBC series ‘Bodyguard‘ (2018) but before that it was seen in ‘Batman Begins‘ (2005).

I passed that on the way to the Barbican Centre which I wanted to see as I’m all about the performing arts! Not really! I was only there to get some match-up shots from it’s brief appearance in the James Bond film ‘Quantum Of Solace‘ (2008)! The place was something of a maze and I just could not find the part I wanted to see so had to ask inside. The guy was very helpful and I’d soon made my way up to a much higher floor to the outdoor area where I could take my photos.

 

There was one more thing to do before I headed back to my hometown for the following day’s Leicester match in the FA Cup. Marina recently left the school I work for in Tokyo so it was great to see her for the first time this year! In reality I’d seen her just a few weeks before at her farewell party!! It’s perhaps rather unfortunate that she features in a post littered with so many body parts! Maybe apt though given that we met outside a pub called The Famous Cock!

 

Not wanting to pay proper London prices we instead opted for a much cheaper Wetherspoons around the corner. £7.95 for fish & chips and a beer isn’t bad for prices in the capital.

 

That was pretty much the end of my time in the nations capital and I guess I saved the best for last! Of course I had to return to fly out back to Tokyo but this was the end of my holiday time in London. Who knows when I’ll be back!

Click here to read ‘London Pt I:Balancing Time With My Wife & Hunting Down Filming Locations!’

Click here to read ‘London Pt II: Capital Sights, The New Years Day Parade, Phone Box Art & Quirky Platforms!

About tokyofox

A Leicester City fan teaching English in Japan
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1 Response to London Pt III: The Vagina Museum, A Phallic Building, The Famous Cock & A String Of Filming Locales

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