Around the City of London

After the Clarkenwell Walk, my wife and I headed into the City of London, there were a few little alleyways we wanted to go explore, and also wanted to get to Leadenhall Market area (when the market wasn’t there). I also wanted to get a picture of the “Cheese Grater and the Shard together”, just managed to get them both in the picture, but only if I used the Jensen Tilt (sorry, only a few people will get that one!).

We started off having lunch in a charming colourful Italian Restaurant. I asked the waiter if I could take a photo of the inside of the restaurant, and he said “Of Course….. £30!”, he did have a smile on his face, so I took the picture, and the person we had lunch with as we were leaving held the door open for someone else, and the Waiter was all, “You’re so nice” so I told him “That’s your £30!” He laughed and told me that I was cheap! The Italians are fun people.


The Dragon marks the start of the City of London.



Here’s the “Cheese Grater and The Shard”. Not from this angle, but from others it really does look like a cheese grater.

Leadenhall Market now… One of these is a four picture panoramic, as I couldn’t get the roof in the picture any other way.











We next went over to Bank. This station marks the Bank of England. Not in the picture below though, but it is in one of the others. This has the Mansion House (building with the pillars) in it, which is where the Lord Mayor of London lives.

Next up is the Bank of England. No windows on the ground level notice.

This one has the Bank of England, National Westminster Tower (Black and White tower in the background – was bombed by the IRA back in the 1980’s – I had a girlfriend back then who was working in the city in a bank when the bomb went off, she instinctively dived under the desk, just before all the windows blow in – she was lucky). There is also the Royal Exchange on the right, and the big glass building is the London Stock Exchange. All that in one picture…

In amongst all the office blocks, there was this house… Only thing is, when I looked it was a “Gentlemen’s club”.


Old and New buses. The Routemaster only runs on route 15 now, we had a chance to ride one today. They are the old style with the open back you can jump on.


Lastly St Paul’s Cathedral, from different angles. The panorama at the end, you can see the London Eye in the distance, was taken from on top of the One New Change building.



Secrets of Clerkenwell Walk

Off we go again… Another walk around London. This time Clerkenwell. My father, and grandmother were born in Clerkenwell. You’d thinkin that case I’d know all about the place. Er… No! My father never talked about when he lived in London, well, it is just outside the City of London, which means that it is just out of the London Mile.


We wandered around the Priories of Clerkenwell, and saw Smithfields Market, and Cow Lane. Eventually walking round to the Clark Well, which is the last picture in the series. Hope you like them. I’d write more about each photo but don’t want to bore you all with lots of facts, and deaths, hangings, and all the vile things that went on in the very old days.

















This time I just took a point & shoot camera, the Canon S100. I like this camera as it still shoots in RAW, and you can work in Manual mode if you want to. Most of the time I was in Program Mode, but occasionally (especially for the panoramas) I was in manual. It is certainly a lot lighter than the Canon 5D Mark III, but not quite as good in the quality of the photos.

Fleet River Walk

Yes, another walking tour… January we have booked a few. But today was snowing…. London in the snow! That’s probably what I should have called the post. Anyway, this walk was to see the various sources of the Fleet River. We started in Hampstead and ended up at Hampstead Heath, and further around the area. Not surprisingly there were quite a few houses that show “how the other half live” as the phrase goes. Now, I have to mention that those streams that look as though they have dirty water in them, it is in fact iron deposits in the water, not mud.

On one place in the parks there were load of kids, dogs and parents on sleds enjoying the snow.

We of course were walking in it. But I had wrapped up pretty well, so was toasty warm most of the time. See what you think of the pictures…





























Charles Dicken’s London

Another walking tour. This one was to take us around Charles Dicken’s London. The slums, debtor’s prison, and all sorts of other places. But of course, not a lot of it looks anything like it did back then.

Started off at Southwark Cathedral.





Next, within Guy’s Hospital, there’s the nook that Charles would sit in that used to be on London Bridge.

The George Inn is next up, this would be one of the Inns that was used for travellers coming into London. They may have stayed in a place like this.





Cross Bones Graveyard (Cross and Bones means a lot to the pirates). This graveyard may not survive for long, as there is a development project that is wanted to be done on this land.


Wandering Around The Strand

Took a walking tour today. One group is offering them free for the month of January, so off we went. This walking tour was called Wandering around The Strand. So we were told about different events that happened around areas of The Strand. Dickens seemed to be mentioned a lot, but thought I’l take a few pictures. The Savoy Hotel looks very swanky, I don’t think they’d allow us into the Foyer, little lone anywhere else. We covered the Law Courts, that were closed on Saturday, but during the week we could have gone in and see the Barristers with their big white wigs on. Saw Somerset House, and ended up at Covent Garden.




















This last picture, complete with the Jensen Tilt (I wonder how many people will know what that is!) is a picture inside the train we were travelling on. I thought it looked different as you can see all the way down the train.

Star Night, Star Bright! Part 2

This evening, it was a very clear night, and I took another picture but this time we are in London. The light polution is there, but doesn’t seem any worse than it was in Somerset. So I think it really doesn’t matter, unless you are in a very rural area where light polution may be a minimum. Not like the deserts of Utah. But I think the stars are pretty good. I will have to do more of this, but when there’s more going on in the sky.

Star Night, Star Bright!

Last night we were out in the wilds of Somerset, and tried taking some photos of the Stars. It wasn’t easy as there was a lot of cloud cover and light polution, even nearly 200 miles out of London, there was still light polution from the local villages. But it was before midnight. Another time I will see if I can set it all up on a clear night, and perhaps get some Star Trails too. But I was reasonably happy with my first attempt at Star photos.





New Year’s Day – Kew Gardens

First day of the year, and we managed to get free tickets into Kew Gardens. Being Winter there isn’t a lot of colour in the gardens, but it was a glorious day, and allowed us to walk around and see what there could be in Spring. Even in Winter it is a spectacular place. Sorry for those wanting to see where these are via GPS, I didn’t have the unit with me. But it is just across the Thames from Chiswick Roundabout, at Kew.

Also, I have to apologize for so many pictures. I took quite a few pictures and wittled it down to 23. But I just couldn’t decided what else to cut. So there’s quite a few here today.