The Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere

Spring comes early at the Royal Albert Hall!

But then again, our favorite nanny has re-appeared after all these years.

Douglas Rickard sees Emily Blunt who plays Mary Poppins in London

Douglas Rickard sees Emily Blunt who plays Mary Poppins in London

Douglas Rickard at the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere

Douglas Rickard at the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere

So, why not take a front seat look as Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and the other stars of “Mary Poppins Returns” make an entrance at the premiere in London, in my super… vlog:

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London 2018 Christmas Lights and Store Windows

For Christmas would you like to swing around to London’s iconic bridge and watch some ice skating in the Tower of London?

London Tower Bridge at Christmas

London Tower Bridge at Christmas

That’s not before we’ve climbed atop a red London bus to see the lights and start a tour of all things Christmas!

Douglas Rickard sees the Christmas lights from on top of a red London bus

Douglas Rickard sees the Christmas lights from on top of a red London bus

There are all sorts of strange food offerings along Piccadilly by way of Fortnum and Mason’s Christmas Windows.

Fortnum and Mason Christmas Windows 2018

Fortnum and Mason Christmas Windows 2018

And Christmas certainly rocks in London 2018 with Elton John Bohemian Rhapsody and Selfridges’ Santa!

Douglas Rickard rocks Christmas lights in London 2018 with Elton John Bohemian Rhapsody and Selfridges

Douglas Rickard rocks Christmas lights in London 2018 with Elton John Bohemian Rhapsody and Selfridges

So, enjoy my 2018 picks for best Christmas store windows and lights in London in a special annual vlog which includes my choices of what to see at Christmas in London, including out of the way views and details!

Douglas Rickard picks his top London Christmas Lights and Store Windows for 2018

Douglas Rickard picks his top London Christmas Lights and Store Windows for 2018

Douglas Rickard and his choices of what to see at Christmas in London

Douglas Rickard and his choices of what to see at Christmas in London

 

Christmas Decorations Shopping in London

Fortnum and Mason’s Christmas floor seems like a giant gingerbread house full of delicious looking candy Christmas ornaments.

Mouthwatering Candy Christmas Ornaments in Fortnum and Mason

Mouthwatering Candy Christmas Ornaments in Fortnum and Mason

But if you step aboard this Christmas ornaments tour with me, first we need to make a stop at Harrod’s Christmas World.

Harrods Christmas World 2018

Harrods Christmas World 2018

And you might think we arrived there through outer space.

A Space Age Christmas

A Space Age Christmas

It will be worth the trip though as we will be guests at a Winter Circus!

Winter Circus Christmas Ornaments at Harrods

Winter Circus Christmas Ornaments at Harrods

Watch my vlog below and choose your favorite ornaments this Christmas.

Vintage London Theatreland

The architecture, the Ivy, lights and greasepaint, means it can only be London’s West End.

Vintage London Theatreland

Vintage London Theatreland

And witnessing “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is like closing the seal on a living, tap-dancing time capsule right in the heart of London’s vintage Theatreland.

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

I realize how unique the sense of style was for the minds behind “42nd Street,” in my vlog (below). Our giftings and therefore our imprint, no matter what our vocation, is so specific for the time into which we are born!

 

And in person, Bonnie Langford is nothing like the moody diva, Dorothy Brock, she’s playing at Drury Lane!

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

 

Butterflies, Easter Eggs and Tea Sets

 

A butterfly where you put your thumb on a Villari teacup

A butterfly where you put your thumb on a Villari teacup

Gold Painted Yellow Tea Set

Gold Painted Yellow Tea Set

Giant Easter Egg in London store

Giant Easter Egg in London store

Instead of catching butterflies I stumbled across some tea sets while shopping for Easter eggs!

Easter eggs

Easter eggs

Easter displays at Fortnum and Mason

Easter displays at Fortnum and Mason

Douglas Rickard Easter egg shopping in Harrods

Douglas Rickard Easter egg shopping in Harrods

So, take a tour of Villari’s very own blooming butterflies in this video, where the teapots look as mouth-watering at the Easter eggs!

Villari

Villari

Villari Butterfly Tea Set

Villari Butterfly Tea Set

Blue Tea Set by Villari

Blue Tea Set by Villari

 

Of all the Jewels in Mayfair The Largest Diamond In The World

Graff Diamonds New Bond Street

Graff Diamonds New Bond Street

Spring 2018 at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2018 at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2018 Burberry windows

Spring 2018 Burberry windows

Spring colors appear in high-end boutique windows and also on fashion adorning the denizens of New Bond Street.

A denizen of New Bond Street admires spring flower bulbs

A denizen of New Bond Street admires spring flower bulbs

Spring flower bulbs on New Bond Street

Spring flower bulbs on New Bond Street

Chanel on New Bond Street

Chanel on New Bond Street

And in this video, you’ll get a further burst of everything on the color spectrum yourself when I take you inside Sotheby’s Diamonds salon on the same street to see a 192.34-carat white diamond described as “blazing with brilliant firework-like display” as it turns in the light.

Sothebys Diamonds New Bond Street

Sothebys Diamonds New Bond Street

Douglas Rickard at Sothebys Diamonds

Douglas Rickard at Sothebys Diamonds

The largest diamond in the world

The largest diamond in the world

16 strange sights of London

Earlier this month I went on a walking tour of London like you never have or will experience again with a bunch of YouTubers!
I recorded 16 weird, sometimes creepy but mostly beautiful of the unusual sight and sound experiences along the way during “Lumiere London”. And I added my own tongue in cheek take on each of them.
So, starting with number one, let’s go!

1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Nightlife,”

1 Leicester Square Lantern Company with Jo Pocock Nightlife

1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Nightlife”

2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Flamingo Flyway,”

2 Chinatown Lantern Company with Jo Pocock Flamingo Flyway

2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Flamingo Flyway,”

3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: “Child Hood,”

3 Trafalgar Square Collectif Coin Child Hood

3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: “Child Hood”

Don’t forget to take in all the sounds too in this full ten minute video above.

4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle,”

4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Ron Haselden Echelle

4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle”

5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: “Voyage,”

5 Hotel Cafe Royal Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein Voyage

5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: “Voyage”

6. St. James’s Market, Studio Roso: “Reflektor,”

6 St Jamess Market Studio Roso Reflektor

6. St. James’s Market, Studio Roso: “Reflektor”

7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: “Illumaphonium,”

7 Grosvenor Square Michael Davis Illumaphonium

7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: “Illumaphonium”

8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: “Aquarium,”

8 Seven Dials Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille Aquarium

8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: “Aquarium”

9. South Crescent, Imagination: “A-BIT IMMERSIVE,”

9 South Crescent Imagination A-BIT IMMERSIVE

9. South Crescent, Imagination: “A-BIT IMMERSIVE”

10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: “Cosmoscope,”

10 South Crescent Simeon Nelson Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman Cosmoscope

10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: “Cosmoscope”

11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: “The Umbrella Project,”

11 Tottenham Court Road Cirque Bijou The Umbrella Project

11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: “The Umbrella Project”

12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: “Droplets,”

12 Pearson Square Ulf Pedersen Droplets

12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: “Droplets”

13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: “Bough 3,”

13 South Audley Street Simon Corder Bough 3

13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: “Bough 3”

14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: “[M]ondes,”

14 Mount Street Gardens Atsara Mondes

14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: “[M]ondes”

15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: “Was That a Dream?”

15 Berkeley Square Cedric Le Borgne Was That a Dream

15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: “Was That a Dream?”

16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): “Impulse”.

16 South Molton Street Lateral Office and CS Design Impulse

16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): “Impulse”