London street and river scenes
A winter walk around the capital
(Photos © urban75, 12th Feb 2009)
One of the most prominent Tudor revival Arts and Crafts buildings in London, Liberty's 1924 store on Great Marlborough Street is a Grade II listed building.
Built with timbers from two British naval ships (HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan), the store is a joy to visit and retains many original features.
Another Grade II listed building, the 2,286 seater London Palladium lies off Oxford Street, close to the bustling Oxford Circus.
The theatre was established in 1910, although the facade is earlier, dating back to the 19th century.
Over the years the building has hosted a circus with an aquatic display and a ice skating rink with real ice before being converted into a theatre.
Palladium theatre neon sign.
Trafalgar Square view.
I've taken this view of the Thames from Hungerford Bridge more times than I care to remember, but it's always an irresistable photo!
Book fair under Waterloo Bridge.
The horribly disappointing Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster work in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern.
I've no idea what the empty beds are supposed to mean, not did I feel inclined to find out. I think these two had the best idea what to do with them.
Grabbing a cup of Earl Grey and a scone in the Tate cafe.
St Pauls in the dying winter sunlight.
The south stretch of the South Bank from the Festival Hall to Westminster bridge is peppered with human statues. I've no idea why they do it, or why people give them money, but they have my respect because I'd be bored shitless after about five minutes.
A walk along the south side of the Thames.
The Houses of Parliament.
To the left you can see the 323 feet (98 m) Victoria Tower. Completed in 1860 and built with a cast-iron framework, it was the World's tallest non-religious building in the world upon completion (St Pauls is the tallest place of worship in London).
The 118 metres (387 ft) Millbank Tower. Constructed in 1963 and originally known as Vickers Tower, it was designed by Ronald Ward and Partners and built by John Mowlem & Co.
Looking west along the Thames from Vauxhall bridge, with Battersea Power Station in the distance.
A closer look.
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