The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

On a hot summer evening, the South Bank can be a lovely place to hang out, taking a stroll along the banks of the Thames and watching the river boats gliding up and down.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Here’s a series of photos taken this week, straight after I’d seen the wonderful Klanghaus music installation at the Southbank Centre.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

I don’t like seeing corporate branded buses parked up on the walkway, but this gets a pass because of (a) the wonderful lighting and (b) it’s a Routemaster bus.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Happily, at this time of night, the place wasn’t plagued by those tedious human statues all pulling off the same one-trick-pony with the ‘levitating’ frame.

At this time of night, there was just one musician playing by Hungerford railway bridge, which is now flanked by two pedestrian bridges. See how it looked in 1995 and see its famous skateboard graveyard.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

London Eye in the background.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Food and drink stalls under the bridge.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Looking north.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Festival pier, a stop for river boat services on the Thames.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Southbank Skatepark in the undercroft of the Southbank Centre.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Having a pint by Waterloo Bridge.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Walking under Waterloo Bridge.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Drinkers outside Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre, one of London’s most divisive Brutalist buildings whose rough concrete appearance was once described by Prince Charles as being like “a nuclear power station.”

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Under the riverside trees, which are illuminated by fairy lights at night.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Looking east, with the dome of St Paul’s centre left.

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

Low tide sees a beach appear. There’s been some wonderful parties there!

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

The beauty of London at night: a summer stroll along the South Bank, July 2017

To the right can be seen the abandoned pillars of the Blackfriars railway bridge. Read more here.

See more photos and walks around the Thames here.