Whimsical Wednesday

A Lightbulb Moment

Every Wednesday I’m posting a photograph which highlights the whimsical nature of London. As a tour guide, I get to see a lot of astonishing things while researching my walks and I will use this blog series as a means of sharing these sights with you.

lightbulbsthomasnealFrom Shaftesbury Avenue to Seven Dials, there is always something quirky to explore in the area around Covent Garden. If you pop into Thomas Neal’s Centre, for example, you will encounter this illuminating chandelier made out of gigantic light bulbs. Now a pit stop for serial shoppers, this refurbished building used to be a warehouse for bananas, cucumbers and … wait for it … books in the past.

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.

Sunday Sights

V&A Rotunda Chandelier

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

dalechihulyvandaA real show-stopper, Dale Chihuly’s chandelier looms inside the rotunda of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Consisting of over 1,300 pieces, this spectacular glass sculpture never fails to make visitors stop in their tracks and look up. Formally trained in the United States of America, Chihuly (born 1941) also worked in Murano, the Venetian archipelago famous for its glass-blowing tradition.

Fun fact: Did you know that it took the Chihuly Studio over five days to install the V&A’s chandelier? (A team of six wired it up, in reverse, from the bottom to the top.)

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.