A London walk - with added art
A stroll around Bloomsbury and Mayfair
(Photos ©urban75, February 2010)
We spend most weekends strolling around London - a city that constantly surprises and one that begs you to take your camera with you.
Here's some snaps from a wintry central London stroll.
The 'VERTICIL' cast iron sculpture in Hanover Square, made by Charles Hadcock in 2009.
The artist is a 'sculptor noted for large works influenced by nature and mathematics and produced using traditional industrial processes.'
The Black Lion and French Horn in Mayfair, London, W1S 1NE. Ominously, the pub is all boarded up so we hope it's not another lost pub.
Close to Piccadilly Circus is an enormous redevelopment project, which sees the former Regent Palace Hotel site being turned into 420,000 sq ft of high quality offices, retail and residential space.
At the National Gallery is a superb evocation of Amsterdam's Red Light District.
The work is called, 'The Hoerengracht' (1983-8) and is by American artists Ed and Nancy Kienholz which runs from 18 November 2009 - 21 February 2010.
On Piccadilly can be found one of the world's leading contemporary art galleries, the Hauser & Wirth gallery.
It's a big space, alright.
The beautifully panelled upstairs room.
The gallery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and originally served as a branch of the Midland Bank in 1922. This is one of the bank's old safes in the basement.
Old building number on Piccadilly.
Street performer and crowd, outside the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square.
The Art Deco Senate building in Bloomsbury.
Constructed between 1932 and 1937 as the first phase of a large uncompleted scheme designed for the University by Charles Holden, the building consists of 19 floors and is 210 feet (64 m) high, making it the second tallest building in London (after St Paul's Cathedral) when it was completed.
The building's use by the Ministry of Information during the Second World War inspired George Orwell's description of the Ministry of Truth in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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