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London Tour: Blackfriars to London Bridge

Continuing our walk along the Thames Path (which we started here), we can more closely see the fine buildings at the Blackfriars Bridge end of the Victoria Embankment on the north side of the river. The red one on the left is the “new” Sion College building (dating to 1886),…

London Tour: Southbank

The Thames Path along Southbank, from the London Eye (seen in the previous installment) to the London Bridge, is one of my favorite walking routes in Central London. At intervals, it gets very congested with tourists and other gawkers, but it is mostly tolerable. The views, though, are great. Here…

London Tour: Thames and London Eye

Westminster Bridge is always chock-full of tourists and you often need to step into the roadway to cross it. However, it offers brilliant views over the Thames, so after walking past the Big Ben, we made the requisite effort. Here is what the river looks like.     The London…

London Tour: Parliament Square

Continuing with our walk around London sights (previous entry is here), we come to the Parliament Square. Despite the fact that it is one of the busiest traffic circles in central London, the actual square in the middle – obscured by the bus in the picture, unfortunately, – is a…

London Tour: Buckingham Palace

We have seen dozens of royal palaces around Europe, and the Buckingham Palace in London is one of the outwardly dullest of them, grey, blocky, and all. (The interior is quite impressive, though, if you ever manage to visit it during the two months in the summer that the palace…

London Tour: St James Park

Walking along The Mall (which we entered via Admiralty Arch) towards the Buckingham Palace, we leave the lovely St James Park on our left. Even in February, on a warm day, you’ll find people basking in the sun here. Imagine what it looks like on a balmy summer weekend (yes,…

London Tour: Admiralty Arch

One of the streets converging on Trafalgar Square (the previous entry in the series) is The Mall, which runs straight to the Queen Victoria Memorial and the Buckingham Palace. Access to The Mall from the square is through Admiralty Arch. Its name symbolizes solely the fact that it adjoins the…

London Tour: Trafalgar Square

On to more famous sights now (the previous entry in the series is here). Trafalgar Square, in my view, is the center of London, where every first-time visitor to the city eventually finds himself – and, potentially, lingers for a while. It can be insufferable during staged public events and…

London Tour: New Row

The next installment of our virtual walk around London (the previous post in the series is here) has just one picture, of the corner of New Row and St Martin’s Lane in the West End Theater district. Seemingly nothing special here, but I find these kinds of streets irresistible.  

London Tour: Bloomsbury

Continuing the tour started in this post, here are a few shots made in Bloomsbury, a fashionable residential area which is home to the British Museum, among other academic and historic sights. The focal point of the area is the pleasant Russell Square.     Several streets running away from…

London Tour: Euston Road

A couple of weeks ago, Natasha and I spent a gorgeous Saturday – the first truly great day of the year weather-wise – walking a visiting old friend around central London. Along the way, I snapped a couple of dozen pictures of London views, some famous sights and a few…

London Imagery: Blackheath Commons corner

The southeast corner of the vast heath that separates Blackheath village from Greenwich Park is graced by this swan pond. Despite several traffic arteries that dissect the heath in near vicinity, this is a pretty picturesque and pleasant spot. We, unfortunately, do not end up here on foot all that…

London Imagery: Portobello Road

The other day, when we were in Notting Hill, I snapped a few pictures of the Portobello Road, where one of the most famous markets in London is held on Saturdays. It was not a market day, and the customarily overcast London skies did no favors for the quality of…

London Imagery: West India Quay

This was among the pictures that I’ve taken recently but not yet posted. A view of Canary Wharf office buildings from West India Quay. If it looks as if I’m standing on water, the picture was taken from a pedestrian bridge the crosses the inlet.

London Imagery: Abbey Road

Our friends in St Johns Wood live literally around the corner from the famous Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing. A few days ago, while visiting with them, I had the first occasion in over two years of being in the area with a camera (a customary hooray for my little new…

London Imagery: Canary Wharf Skating Rink

The first picture in my smoking in Canary Wharf post was that of Canada Square little park. I neglected to photograph it from the office windows above thus far, but since mid-November the place has been converted into an outdoor skating rink. The annual attraction will stay in place until…

London Imagery: Paternoster Square

The other day, I went for a business meeting that took me to Paternoster Square behind the St Paul’s Cathedral. Somehow I’ve never managed to set foot in that particular square before. With my pocketcam now being my inseparable companion, I took a few quick snapshots, half a dozen of…