Celebrate World Poetry Day (21 March) and discover a new ode to central London. We commissioned award-winning poet, writer and Londoner Theresa Lola to craft a unique poem inspired by the essence of Regent Street and St James’s. Her poem journeys from art, to architecture, to al fresco feasting, and is a delightful homage to the spirit of London.
Entitled Flagship of Buzz, Theresa’s poem encapsulates the energy, history, and life that makes the centre of the capital city so special. Open to all, we invite you to reconnect with Regent Street and St James’s through Theresa’s moving words below.
Flagship of Buzz
by Theresa Lola
buildings styled and suited in stone toast us in.
Feel the wink of the street, its bend curved
like a pelican’s neck.
These pavements were made for buoyant bodies.
Here, windows are screens looping scenes of desire.
An offering of food goes past quenching hunger,
It’s a spoon of surprise, a splash of sensation.
Seize the urge to catwalk into a new sparkling self.
Wave the flagship of buzz rising inside you,
carry it through London, through Regent Street.
Clutch the dome of green wishes with your breath.
Toast back to the buildings, gaze at their roofs
adorned with details. Before you realise it,
the tail of hidden streets will stir you in. Keep going.
Sail to the south end, into more sublime scenes, into
St James’s, the hopeful host bearing handcrafted gifts.
Dive into the West End, a thrilling theatre of colours.
Even when these streets are stripped of an audience,
every day remains an occasion of beauty.
Being here is not just for a visit, it is an experience
crafted to suit each sway of your spirit.
If you enjoyed the poem, you can also read a Q&A with Theresa Lola here. Theresa discusses her inspiration and ideas – and what makes central London such a special place, as well as her hopes for the future.