The walk from the Go location to the Old Kent Road took me through the Elephant and Castle as I headed South East. When I lived in South London (many years ago) this was an area I often visited, usually driving my little car too fast around it's roundabout on my way North. Well 30 years later it's picking itself up and redevelopment is underway.
I carry on and move east down the New Kent Road, past the Bricklayers Arms flyover and into the delights of the Old Kent Road.
The Old Kent Road has a long history as a gateway in and out of London. These days it is an interesting mix of traffic, people, commerce and religion. I had a great conversation with a young couple eager to save my soul for the Lord. They were very friendly and reassuring, but today God had to wait. After a few minutes walk I came to the Thomas A Becket pub, which at first glance looks to be in a sad state. It was closed down following the loss of it's alcohol licence. It is dark, uninviting and looks deserted. However, when I crossed the road I was surprised to see that the woodwork around the windows had been covered in art, book pages and old adverts. As I finished photographing the pub, the rain started and I made my way back up to the Bricklayers Arms flyover on my way up to Tower Bridge to explore the East End. However, my progress was interrupted by a T-34 military tank... more of that in my next post.
The game of Monopoly starts at GO! But this has no obvious location within London. After a bit of googling I learn that (according to the Ordnance Survey) the location of GO is Lambeth North tube station. Doesn't sound too convincing to me, but it proved an interesting location to start my photographic journey around London's Monopoly board locations.
Lambeth North is a dirty and pretty unloved station languishing south of the river. But it is close to the Imperial War Museum and a good starting point for a visit to the Lee Miller "A woman's war" exhibition.
If black and white grime photography is your thing then give Lambeth North a try.
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .