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Madame Tussauds in London. A feng shui analysis.

Madame Tussauds in London
Madame Tussauds building in London

The Madame Tussauds wax museum in London which started in 1883, has consistently been in the top 10 London tourist attractions.

Since I have been living in London and have frequently passed this building in Marylebone Road near Baker Street. There has always been queues of people waiting to get into this tourist attraction and a number of waiting tourist buses parked nearby. I have always wondered why people would come to this tourist attraction of wax figures of celebrities. Every person has their own individual preferences.

Madame Tussaud was taught by Dr Phillippe Curtius, a physician skilled in wax modelling in Bern, Switzerland. Her first wax figure was Voltaire in 1777. This was followed by creating the models of other famous figures of the time which included Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin. She came to London in 1802 to show her wax figures but she was unable to return to France because of the Napoleonic wars. She then took a series of short leases in Baker Street Bazaar. This was an exhibition of famous people like Horatio Nelson and Sir Walter Scott. In 1883 because of the restricted space of the Baker Street site, the museum moved to the present site in Marylebone Road. This became a great success.

This business has since grown to a major tourist attraction and has branches in many parts of the world including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Hollywood, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, New York City, Shanghai, Sydney, Vienna and Washington DC.

The Marylebone Road Site

Google Earth Image of Madame Tussauds in London
Google Earth Image of Madame Tussauds in London. Regents Parks is to the North of the building.

The building is located at the junction of Park Road and Marylebone Road. Park Road is one of the road surrounding Regents Park. The entrances to the building are marked A and B in the Google Earth image.

Initially, I could not understand the feng shui of the property but then it occurred to me was that the energy coming down Park Road was reflected off the buildings across Marylebone Road. The door at B is receiving this energy. As mentioned previously, Regents Park has is a reservoir of energy.

Park Road collects the energy from Regents Park and the energy moves in a southern direction towards Marylebone Road. When it reaches the junction, it hits the buildings across the road and this energy reflects across the Marylebone Road. It is fortuitous that Madame Tussauds building has a door at the furthest end from the junction and readily collects this reflected energy.

Had the door been nearer towards the junction, it would not receive as much of the reflected energy. The door at B is at the ideal position to receive this reflected energy. The door at A would also receives the energy coming down Park Road but it would be in the slip stream in the path of the moving energy.

Conclusion: Madame Tussauds has consistently been in London’s top 10 tourist attractions for decades. The building Madame Tussauds is located in receives plenty of energy from Regents Park. This energy contributes towards the success of this Tourist Attraction.

In the practise of feng shui, the more energy the building receives, this helps in the contribution of the success of the business.

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.

Tokyo Diner in the heart of London’s Chinatown for 20 years. A feng shui analysis.

Tokyo Diner at the Heart of London's Chinatown
Tokyo Diner at the Heart of London’s Chinatown. This restaurant has been in this location for 20 years. It is quite a feat. It is a story of success.

A Japanese Restaurant in the middle on London’s Chinatown in Soho for the past 20 years. The owner, Richard Hills is not Japanese by origin by a Japanophile at heart!. I have seen it at the corner of Newport Place and Lisle Street/Little Newport Street and took it for granted but, after hearing that it has been at that corner for what can be considered a life time, I thought that I should look at the location of the restaurant relative to the energy flows in Chinatown using the methods of traditional feng shui.

London’s Chinatown in Soho has recently had a constant churn in the tenants in the restaurants. It could be because of insufficient business for the asking rent or the owners had just enough. This churn or changing of ownership is a constant feature along Gerrard Street and Lisle Street in the 21st Century. The Tokyo Diner has being there for 20 years. This is quite a feat. Gone are the days where you could set up a restaurant and the owner would be able to do good business or literally print money. This was in the 1980s where Chinese Restaurants were relatively scarce. It is different nowadays as there is a surfeit of restaurateurs wanting to set up shop in Chinatown. However, with this increased competition, prices are relatively low and the quality has suffered. The Chinese food cognoscenti have moved to other localities like Queensway for a different quality of authentic Chinese food. The Chinese restaurants are now servicing the tourist visitor.

Google Earth image of Tokyo Diner in the heart of London's Chinatown
Google Earth image of Tokyo Diner (marked A)in the heart of London’s Chinatown. It is at a corner of a junction, ideal for fast food restaurants or coffee shops.

Tokyo Diner is at a “T” junction of Newport Place coming into Lisle Street. The energy coming down from Newport Place (from the North) mixes with the energy flow from Lisle Street (West) . A consequence of this energy mix, energy at 45 degrees to either Lisle Street and Newport Place will come through. The Door of Tokyo Diner is there to accept this energy. This configuration is known as Pai Lung (White Dragon).

I have always seen Tokyo Diner busy, it is rarely empty. There are other examples of coffee shops or fast food restaurants located near to road junctions and they are extremely busy. I have written a series of posts on the location of coffee shops. However, the restaurant of outside this “zone”, it will not reap the benefit of the energy from the junction. If fact, restaurants in these locations are known to change owners regularly.

The Tokyo Diner in feng shui terms, is classed as a “fast food restaurant” or a coffee shop. It is the Pai Long energy that makes work on this class of restaurant or coffee shop.

Previous blogs on coffee shops or fast food restaurants

1. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop

2. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop – part 2

3. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop – Starbucks coffee – part 3

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.

Canary Wharf, a feng shui analysis

One Canada Square, centrepiece of the Canary Wharf District
One Canada Square, centrepiece of the Canary Wharf District. The image was taken from Cabot Place.

Canary Wharf is the second financial district of London. The area of Canary Wharf was initially developed in the 1990s in the wake of the deregulation of the financial sector in the late 1980s when there was a huge demand for floor space.

Previously Canary Wharf was part of the West India Docks and from 1802 and it was one of the busiest docks in the world. However, this port industry started to decline in the 1950s and was closed in the 1980s.

Although the 1st stage of the development was completed in the early 1990s, it only took off only when it was linked to the Jubilee Line Tube (London Transport Underground system) for the millennium. Transportation to this business district was inadequately served by the Dockland light railway system.

River view of Canary Wharf - Showing the Energy Gap
River view of Canary Wharf – Showing the Energy Gap. This is where the energy gets into this financial district.

Structural outline of Canary Wharf
The image shows the basic outline of the Canary Wharf Development. The area around the river front is kept clear so that the energy from the river bend can enter the business district.

It is built along a spine (North and South Colonnades) with buildings on either side. The centre piece being One Canada Square which is one of London’s tallest buildings with 50 storeys and 235 metres high. This tower is a symbol of the regeneration of Docklands.

In the centre of the “spine” there is an underground shopping mall known as Cabot Square Shopping Mall. The entrance to this mall is in Cabot Square which faces the river. There is a smaller shopping mall – Jubilee Place at a quiet corner and linked with the Jubilee Line Station.

Feng Shui Analysis

Reuters video
The energy from the turn of the river enters the Gap and then allow to flow down the 2 roads (North and South Colonnades). Energy is allow to enter the complex through Cabot Square.

Google Earth image of Canary Wharf, London's 2nd financial district
Google Earth image of Canary Wharf, London’s 2nd financial district. The red arrows describe the direction and distribution of the energy from the river.

All the building by the Colonnades have their entrances by the road so that energy can easy enter the building thereby filling the properties with energy.

The main building of this complex is One Canada Square (marked B). There are various entrances to this building allowing this energy to get in. One conduit is the Cabot Square Shopping mall which allows energy from the entrance at Cabot Square (marked A) into One Canada Square.

The configuration of this landmark building is in the feng shui armchair configuration (marked C) . It as a clear view to the front with Citibank and HSBC buildings are on either side as the arms. The back rest are formed of the other buildings. The armchair configuration is a method for the building to retain the energy. See image.

The buildings in Canary wharf all have a regular shape. Either they are squares or rectangles. This is the ideal feng shui configuration in the building design. However, in the City of London, there are many different shapes as the developers are squeezing all the building into the available land.

The main Cabot Square shopping mall – which has the entrance facing the river in Cabot Square (A) is always buzzing with life with shoppers. There is another shopping mall, Jubilee Place, which is linked to the Underground system does not appear busy. It does not have any energy as it does not have an entrance gathering the energy from the energy rich areas of Canary Wharf. In my opinion, the Jubilee Place Shopping Mall was very much an after thought and the it was not in the initial design stages.

Test of the System – How successful is Canary Wharf?
The businesses in the Finance are very sensitive to success and failure. Should something not work, they are not afraid not to use it or not continue with it. Canary Wharf has continued to expand particularly after the commissioning of the Jubilee Line underground system to the district. It has about 100,000 people working there compared with 300,000 thousand in the City of London. However, a key indicator is the number of banking staff. In is claimed in the Financial Times, there are now more banking staff in Canary Wharf than in the City of London and the number continue to grow.

There is a continual programme of new office buildings in Canary Wharf indicating growth and confidence in the district.

Conclusion:
Canary Wharf is now part and parcel of the business scene of London. It is probably the newest and most dynamic area of Business London.

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.