London in December: three chimneys at Battersea, Thames night views, parks and Christmas lights

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Here’s a selection of photos taken around central London in the first two weeks of December, 2014,

Above, a nattily dressed Maplin & Webb worker on Old Bond Street takes a photo for shoppers.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

After years and years of failed planning bids and extravagant redevelopment proposals, the predictable pile of luxury apartments and hotels will be springing up around the iconic Battersea Power station.

The work involves the rebuilding of the four landmark towers.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Twilight scene on the Thames, with St George’s Wharf Tower to the left. Here’s how I reported on the building in March 2013, shortly before its opening:

Gaining planning permission after considerable controversy, the development is certainly one that can be filed under “not for the likes of us,” with the exclusive apartments at the top going for sky high prices. if you’re rich enough, you can even have an entire floor to yourself.

The tower’s hoity-toity website boasts of offering an “extraordinary level of service is available to all residents,” with a dedicated concierge on hand to “manage your day-to-day requirements, from arranging a dinner party to acquiring tickets to the theatre or a sporting event.”

Which must be nice.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Blackfriars Bridge, which is flanked by the newly extended Blackfriars railway station on the world’s largest solar powered bridge.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

St Paul’s cathedral at night.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

People walking home, Regent’s Park.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Closed coffee shop.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Regent’s Park as night falls.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Big house, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Chester Terrace, one of the neo-classical terraces in Regent’s Park, London, designed by John Nash and built in 1825.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

I really enjoy visiting the Getty Gallery by Oxford Circus.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Loved this archive rock and roll dancing photo.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Carnaby Street is now an over-commercialised pale shadow of the street that hit the headlines in the swinging 60s.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

The glitz and glamour of Old Bond Street.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Posh shop and posh car.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Paintings for sale, Hyde Park.

London photos - River Thames, Christmas lights, parks and Old Bond Street, December 2014

Green Park, night.