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Sound recordings featuring Knightsbridge and the West End

Winding St Annes clock Soho. Location: St Anne's Church, Dean Street, Soho. Description: A local volunteer winds the clock mechanism in the tower of St Anne's Church. After the winding is done, the clock ticks steadily. Duration: 2:52. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 17th August 2017. Time of day: 1.10 pm.

Peabody estate Old Pye Street. Location: In the courtyard of the Peabody estate on Old Pye Street, Westminster. Description: Airplane drone, a mother speaks to her child as they walk out of the estate, voices from inside the flats, a door is closed, sound of crockery being washed, a car approaches slowly and a man coughs. Duration: 1:55. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 25 November 2015. Time of day: 7.30pm.

Lancashire Court W1. Location: Walking northwards through Lancashire Court towards Brook Street, Mayfair. Description: Footsteps, noise of fume extractors, voices of passersby and diners sitting outside a restaurant, recorded music playing outside a cocktail bar. Duration: 1:20. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 25 November 2015. Time of day: 6pm.

Constance Fund fountain Green Park. Location: By the Constance Fund fountain in Green Park near the tube station entrance. Description: Constant trickle of water from the fountain, voices and footsteps of tourists congregating near it or passing through, sound of a coffee machine from a nearby stall. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 6 April 2015. Time of day: 2.30pm.

Cheap hotel central London. Location: Somewhere in London WC1. Description: Ambience recorded at nighttime inside a bedroom in cheap central London hotel. A guest in the bedroom next door slams the door shut, traffic in the street below, muffled voices from the corridor, a clock chimes midnight. Duration: 3:30. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 19 March 2014. Time of day: Midnight.

National Gallery Room 32. Location: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square Description: Murmur of voices in several languages with some speakers more distinct as they move close by, footsteps, low constant rumble of air conditoning, doors slamming. Duration: 7:00. Recorded by: Jonathan Prior. Recording date: 13 February 2013. Time of day: 1.30pm.

Cartwright Gardens. Location: Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury. Description: Aircraft drone, birdsong, sounds of a tennis match in progress close by, traffic. Duration: 7:00. Recorded by: Jonathan Prior. Recording date: 16 February 2013. Time of day: 4.20pm.

Bar Italia Soho. Location: Bar Italia coffee bar, Dean Street, Soho. Description: Atmosphere inside Bar Italia, one of the last old-school Italian coffee bars left in the West End. Voices of staff and customers, the radio plays in the background, continuous faint hiss from the espresso machine. Duration: 3:20. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 24 December 2012. Time of day: 2pm.

Running water Victoria tube station. Location: District and Circle Line platforms, Victoria Underground station. Description: The sound of running water emanates from beneath an iron grille set between the tracks at the east end of the District and Circle Line platforms. Could it be the Tyburn passing underneath? Voices of passengers, a train approaches. Duration: 1:30. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 18 November 2012. Time of day: 7.40pm.

Paddington Station cab rank. Location: Paddington station, central London. Description: Loud roar of air conditioning vents at Paddington station's cab rank, sound of taxis moving slowly around the rank, a train leaves the station. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 October 2012. Time of day: 5.30pm.

Mayfair voices. Location: Shepherd Market, Mayfair, central London. Description: Voices of drinkers and diners in the evening in Shepherd Market. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 18 August 2012. Time of day: 7.40pm.

Church Street off Edgware Road. Location: Walking westwards along Church Street, near Lisson Grove. Description: Dustcarts and street-cleaning vehicles pass close by and recede, faints voices and footsteps, a siren and traffic in the distance. Duration: 2:30. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 24 February 2012. Time of day: 8pm.

Victoria coach station 2011. Location: Outside gate 17, Victoria coach station. Description: Coach engines idle as passengers begin to board one bound for Bristol, door slam, electronic beeping as one coach reverses, indistinct voice over a tannoy, one coach leaves the station. Duration: 2:40. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 30 September 2011. Time of day: 7pm.

Regents Canal Lisson Grove. Location: Facing the St John's Wood electricity substation, Lisson Grove. Description: Background traffic, birdsong, clattering sounds to the west, faint drone from the electricity substation. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 15 July 2011. Time of day: 6.40am.

Grand Union Paddington Basin. Location: Southern end of Paddington Basin, central London. Description: Faint trickle of water, loud rush of air-conditioning units from surrounding office buildings, intermittent sound of a powersaw in use on a nearby building site. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 30 June 2011. Time of day: 3.30pm.

Westminster Abbey Chapter House. Location: Inside the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey. Description: Rumble of distant traffic, sounds of visitors walking and shuffling about and talking quietly. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 25 March 2011. Time of day: 1.15pm.

Westminster Abbey Poets Corner. Location: By Poets' Corner, inside Westminster Abbey. Description: Murmuring of visitors' voices all around, sound of an attendant's walkie-talkie, footsteps. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 25 March 2011. Time of day: 12.30pm.

Piccadilly Circus at night. Location: At the base of Eros, Piccadilly Circus. Description: Heavy traffic, voices of tourists clustered around the Eros statue. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 7 October 2010. Time of day: 10pm.

Soho Square. Location: Middle of Soho Square. Description: Voices of people sitting on the grass in Soho Square, crunch of autumn leaves on the ground. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 10 October 2010. Time of day: 3pm.

National Portrait Gallery. Location: Top floor, National Portrait Gallery. Description: Recorded while walking around the Tudor Gallery. Escalator, footsteps and voices of visitors, sound of air conditioning units. Duration: 3:09. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 October 2010. Time of day: 5pm.

Wong Kei Chinatown. Location: Downstairs at Wong Kei restaurant, Wardour Street. Description: Hubbub of diners' voices in the basement dining room. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 10 October 2010. Time of day: 4.15pm.

Gerard Street Chinatown. Location: Walking westwards along Gerard Street in Chinatown. Description: Voices of Chinese speakers, constant roaring or rushing of extractor fans from kitchens, faint clatter of cutlery from restaurant doorways in passing. Duration: 1:59. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 10 October 2010. Time of day: 3.30pm.

Libertys department store. Location: Inside Liberty department store, Great Marlborough Street. Description: Voices of customers and staff, footsteps on Liberty's creaking floorboards, muffled noise of air conditioning overhead. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 30 October 2010. Time of day: 6pm.

New Loon Fung supermarket. Location: Gerard Street, West End. Description: Ambience inside a Chinese supermarket recorded near the tills, with voices of customers and staff. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 4 September 2010. Time of day: 1pm.

St James's Park 9am. Location: Towards the east side of St James's Park, central London. Description: Saturday morning in St James's Park with chiming of Big Ben and the bells of at least one other church nearer by, calls of waterfowl. Duration: 1:10. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 4 September 2010. Time of day: 9am.

Cardiff fans Oxford Circus tube. Location: Northbound Bakerloo Line platform, Oxford Circus tube station. Description: A small group of Cardiff football fans sing and chant on a tube platform before heading to Wembley. Tube announcer's voice and distant sound of a train arriving at an adjacent platform. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 22 May 2010. Time of day: 2pm.

Westminster Music Library. Location: Westminster Music Library, Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria. Description: The librarian scrumples up some paper and uses a stapler, faint humming of air conditioning, traffic. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 May 2010. Time of day: 6pm.

Charing Cross Library. Location: Charing Cross public library, Charing Cross Road, West End. Description: Constant voices, footsteps along the library's upper gallery, squeals of an automatic door opening and closing. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 May 2010. Time of day: 5.30pm.

Mens toilets Victoria station. Location: Men's toilets, Victoria train station. Description: Recorded inside a cubicle. Sounds of hand driers, plumbing, a man struggles with the toilet paper dispenser in the cubicle to the right, in the cubicle to the left another man snores without interruption. Duration: 1:04. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 14 April 2010. Time of day: 5.15pm.

Westminster Reference Library. Location: Ground floor of the Westminster Reference Library, St. Martin's Street Description: Sounds of traffic from the surrounding streets, a man vigorously turns the pages of a newspaper, coughs, sniffs, faint footsteps. Duration: 2:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 10 April 2010. Time of day: 2pm.

Harrods ground floor. Location: Ground floor of Harrods department store, Knightsbridge. Description: Recorded while walking from the cosmetics and perfume departments through into the food halls. Voices of customers and staff, intermittent piped music. Duration: 2:37. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 March 2010. Time of day: 5pm.

Dawn Berwick Street. Location: South end of Berwick Street, Soho, central London. Description: Clattering of market stalls, barrows and shop shutters as traders begin setting up in Berwick Street. Coughing and sound of a man hawking up phlegm, distant traffic noise. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 1 March 2010. Time of day: 7am.

Rush hour at Victoria. Location: Crouched just outside the entrance to Victoria station. Description: Announcement tones and voices from inside Victoria station, footsteps of passing commuters, trundling of wheeled suitcases. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 1 March 2010. Time of day: 8.30am.

White Hart pub Drury Lane. Location: In the White Hart pub, Drury Lane, Covent Garden. Description: Busy, warm-sounding atmosphere on a mid-week evening in the White Hart pub near Covent Garden. Animated conversations from the clientele and the sound of glasses being collected. Duration: 1:12. Recorded by: Dave Ackrill. Recording date: 11 November 2009. Time of day: 7.45pm.

Oxford Street. Location: North side of Oxford Street, walking eastwards from Oxford Circus. Description: Crowd hubbub with footsteps and snatches of passing conservation, constant traffic noise along Oxford Street, a street sweeping vehicle passes alongside for a while, music plays from inside shops. Duration: 2:39. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 28 June 2009. Time of day: 2pm.

British Museum. Location: Inside the British Museum, Bloomsbury, central London. Description: "The ambience of the large spaces of the British Museum in London. Begins with the creaking of a chair. There are voices and lots of natural reverb due to the vast size and hard surfaces. There is also a general background noise from ventilation and heating systems." – ERH Duration: 1:44. Recorded by: ERH. Recording date: May 2008. Time of day: Not known.

Edgware Road cafes. Location: Walking north from Marble Arch along Edgware Road, past the North African and Middle Eastern cafes. Description: Traffic, voices of passersby, and of the customers of several Middle Eastern and North African cafes, who sit outside at tables set up on the pavement. There is the sound, once, of hookah pipe bowls being tapped empty and refilled with hot charcoal. A homeless woman's voices is heard towards the end, as she argues with her companions over something. Duration: 1:33. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 June 2009. Time of day: 11.45pm.

Outside Charing Cross. Location: Outside Charing Cross train station, at the top of Villiers Street. Description: A busker sings and plays acoustic guitar to a reggae backing. Sounds of night-time crowds in Villiers Street, traffic, and a police siren. Duration: 1:45. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 13 June 2009. Time of day: Around 10.30pm.

TQ 2835 8067. Location: OS grid reference TQ 2835 8067. South Audley Street, near Grosvenor Square. Description: Sound of traffic, mainly taxicabs, from Grosvenor Square and going along South Audley Street, faint voices of passersby, a taxi sounds its horn, light pattering of raindrops. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 5 June 2009. Time of day: 4.50pm.

Trocadero Centre. Location: Upstairs in the Trocadero Centre off Piccadilly Circus, central London. Description: A cacophony of electronic noises and recorded music in the amusement arcade and bowling alley sections of the Trocadero Centre. Sounds of skittles knocked down in the bowling alley, cheers of the players, noises emitted by video game machines, including the one where you have to match the dance steps indicated on a lit-up floorpad, and a sharp thwack as someone bashes a test-your-strength machine with an outsize mallet. Duration: 2:01. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 2 April 2009. Time of day: Around 8pm.

Covent Garden midnight. Location: Walking south along Neal Street into Covent Garden. Description: Hubbub of inebriated West End revellers, a woman warbles briefly in a mock-operatic style, followed by the sounds of successive buskers, including the ubiquitous outdoor bongo drummer. Duration: 1:52. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 23 July 2008. Time of day: Around midnight.

Rickshaw bells Soho. Location: Old Compton Street, towards Moor Street Description: Sounds of the night-time crowds thronging Old Compton Street and Moor Street in Soho, central London. The bicycle bells of pedal-powered rickshaws are heard, their owners circling the area whilst looking for custom, and growing louder towards the end of the recording. Duration: 1:17. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 23 July 2008. Time of day: 10.30-11pm.

South Ken underpass. Location: Walking eastwards along the underpass from South Kensington tube station to Brompton Road. Description: Echoing sounds from the long, wide underpass at South Kensington. A busker begins playing and a crowd of schoolchildren whoop and cheer. Duration: 1:00. Recorded by: IM Rawes. Recording date: 11 February 2009. Time of day: Mid afternoon.

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