I was photographing Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park in May when I spotted lots of men walking through the park dressed in pin-stripe suits, wearing bowler hats and carrying the type of black umbrella that gentlemen use to add a flourish to their gait. Had London suddenly gone back to the 1950s? And where did they all come from? Of course I rushed over to take photos to the bemusement of the suited and booted. It was only later when my friends and I stopped a besuited man that we learned they had been at the 88th Combined Cavalry memorial service and parade at the bandstand in Hyde Park and were making their way to various hotels and restaurants and clubs etc for regimental Sunday lunches which follow the parade.
I wish I had know about it in advance and I could have got some spectacular photos. That’s the trouble with London – there’s so much going on that you miss most of it! Still it’s a nice problem to have and I shall try to get to it next year.