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

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.

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.

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.

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

St Paul’s cathedral at night.

People walking home, Regent’s Park.

Closed coffee shop.

Regent’s Park as night falls.

Big house, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park.

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

I really enjoy visiting the Getty Gallery by Oxford Circus.

Loved this archive rock and roll dancing photo.

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

The glitz and glamour of Old Bond Street.

Posh shop and posh car.

Paintings for sale, Hyde Park.

Green Park, night.