Park Lane, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012
A Londoner’s London – Wilfred Whitten, 1913:
[…] a London memory is often transmuted into a symbol by the pressure of its great enviroment. We may have stood for a few minutes, how long ago we cannot tell, to watch the plane-leaves falling in showers against the Abbey walls, and now autumn assumes that picture. We may have felt on certain glittering nights – as who has not? – the singular freshness of the west wind in Oxford Street, and the remote hour returns on the wind. Or, when summer first touches us, we think of the great days of enchantment that will roll again over Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens when the palms are spread, and the axles burn, and the parapet of the Serpentine Bridge is warm to the arms of lovers.