In one of the corners of Leicester square there has been a large building with a glockenspiel on the outside. The large clock has 27 bells and portrays herdsmen and their animals in the meadows. This glockenspiel was presented to the City of Westminster by Switzerland in 1985 to celebrate its 400th anniversary. I've always enjoyed the clock and stop to watch it as many do as it puts on its show as it strikes the hour. The last time I was here, the building was being torn down and I wondered what would end up in its place and what would become of the clock. Today I found out.
The glockenspiel was rededicated in 2011 and now sits on a tower in the street so that all can continue to enjoy its charming time keeping. The building has been replaced by.........wait for it.............m&m World. After standing on the street shaking my head, I did what everyone else was doing - I entered the store. Reluctantly, I admit that the store is 'interesting' and 'captivating' in its portrayal of English culture through the eyes of m&ms. On one of the store's 4 floors there is even a replication of the Beatles in their famous crossing of Abbey Road.
I tried out the the 'what color m&m are you?' display. After being scanned, it was determined that I would be a purple m&m as I "have a thirst for knowledge that will never be quenched. The same goes for chocolate." Maybe there is something to this commercialization - however, I am proud to say I left the store without spending any money!