This week we move onto Water Works. Like Community Chest and Chance, I have chosen this to be a pretty loose location. I have chosen three images from my various parts of London I have visited over the weeks.
The "No Entry" image came from Trafalgar Square. It seems to me that no one in their right mind would enter the water here, but if they are going to I doubt this sign will be enough to keep them out! The second image is a drain cover on Coventry Street and the final image is of the south bank of the River Thames just by the Millennium Bridge (see map below) by Shakespeare's Globe and Tate Modern. It is easy to get down to the river at this point an when it is warmer the beach can look quite inviting.
As you walk west from Leicester Square towards Piccadilly Circus your pretty quickly come across Coventry Street. While I don't want to bad moth London, I really feel that this small road the best of the worst of tourist traps. There are tat shops, money change booths, clubs, unispiring food outlets and tourist traps, left, right and centre. Photographically there are some interesting things, but if it were not for this blog, I would simply have walked on to Piccadilly and pretended I didn't know where Coventry Street was! Harsh? Probably, but I've seen alot of street in the past few months and this was the first that I wished had been left off the monopoly board. So, I hope you like the images and I look forward to moving on to the more interesting parts of London in the weeks ahead.
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I took a gentle stroll back from Fenchurch Street Station and arrived back at Leicester Square just after lunch. I had walked down from the station to the river and walked west until I reached Northumberland Avenue and then cut up to Leicester Square, stopping only for a quick lunch at the Crypt at St Martin's. Leicester Square was looking bright by the afternoon and the winter leaves were looking bright and autumnal. There was also alot of cleaning up going on with leaves being swept and pavement cleaned. So my three images were a mix of the leaves falling, rubbish collecting and attempts to tidy things up. As usual most of the area was very busy, but I managed to find a few quiet corners to take some pictures, I hope you like them.
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A new day found me with a long walk from Trafalgar Square all the way to Fenchurch Street Station. It was about two and a half miles and took me the best part of an hour. By the time I arrived I needed a cup of tea, so took a rest at Caffe Nero. After refreshments I had a walk around the station and the a look around the general location. In all the years I had lived and worked in London I had never been to Fenchurch Street station, so it gave me another new view of the city. My images were easy to find for a change. I liked the view of the Gherkin building from under the pavement outside the station. I think the old wooden cover over the station pavement really adds to the curves in the image. The second image was of the crane with yet more development in the city. I think the clear dull sky helps with this one. The last image was on the little square outside the station. There was a stall selling great looking bread with a cold lady waiting for her next customer. I had to move a little to get the taxi where I wanted it in the background, but I think it works well. I only spent about an hour at the station and I was soon on my way back to Leicester Square. Another good walk, back to the west.
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .