It is both traditional & modern, crude but also very sophisticated, melancholic yet cheerful, liberal & also conservative, very British but also very multicultural, a metropolis packed full with contrasts & clichés. London is all of this & much more. You either hate it or love it.
The Shipwrights Arms
The Golden Hinde II
The Market Porter
St. Paul's Cathedral
Tower Of London
Palace Of Westminster
Abingdon Street Gardens
London Stock Exchange
As a kid I was always excited to visit my Grandmother at Christmas who lived in a high-rise flat on Charing Cross Road, 10 minutes walk from Trafalgar Square. She lived on the 8th floor with admirable views across north London towards the Post Office Tower. I can imagine that my general interest for city skylines today originates from these earlier experiences. Although landscaping is my foremost passion, cityscapes on the other hand are also subjects that time & again capture my interest. London is a fascinating metropolis, steeped in culture & history & where the phrase “Multicultural Society” is ever existent in every facet of daily life.
ONE FOR THE ROAD
I couldn’t resist a final shot towards Westminster before packing my bag to leave. I would have liked to stay longer but without a tripod which isn’t allowed it is impossible to get decent results. I did see a few people with compacts on a Gorillapod so next time I will try that.
TIME TO LEAVE
Not wanting to push the ISO over the top I had to call it a day with this shot from the Shard platform of London Bridge. In the foreground on the south bank we have City Hall, locally known as the motorcycle helmet, onion or misshapen egg. On the opposite side we have the Tower of London & the area beyond the long, well illuminated building is St. Katherine Docks, a modern marina for those that can afford a mooring space for their luxury yachts in front of their own front doors.
Who knows exactly what the outcome of the Brexit will bring with it but one thing is certain, many jobs in the financial heart of London will either be lost or transferred to other countries throughout the EU. How this will hit London & the rest of the country is at present uncertain but I personally am optimistic that the Brits in their madness know exactly what they need to do to keep the buck rolling. At least I hope they do.
In this shot we can make out the high-rise modern financial City of London moving over to the more historical Tower Hamlets with Trinity Square Gardens, the London Wall & a part of the Tower of London. On the Thames from left to right we have the glass facade of newspaper publisher The Daily Express, followed by the Old Billingsgate Market & Custom House.