London selected points of interest

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Wapping, East London

Wapping is on the north bank of the River Thames. The neighborhood is especially known for the Old Stairs, and the Prospect of Whitby pub

Old Steps

The Old Stairs can be found through a narrow alley on Wapping High Street just a bit west of Scandrett Street. This intersection is a five or ten minute walk west of Wapping Overground station. There are ample amounts of flotsam, jetsam, and centuries old pottery fragments here as elsewhere on the riverbank. But watch your footing if stone steps are wet.

 

steps

Area to the right of above picture

 

rubble

Flotsam, jetsam, and centuries old pottery fragments one of which may have been removed by photographer and taken home

 

river thames

River Thames with Shard Building in background

 

Prospeect of Whitby

Prospect of Whitby is a riverside tavern perhaps first built in 1520 as a meeting place for sailors, smugglers, cut-throats, and others. The word "prospect" can mean an extensive view of a landscape or a viewpoint commanding a magnificent view of an estuary. At this point the Thames is an estuary (river with tides).

 

floor

The only part left of the earliest pub here is the 400-year-old stone floor

 

prospect bar

Current interior, Prospect of Whitby

 

prospect noose

Very few pubs have such a device

 

Henry8 stairs

Down the street

 

captain kidd

Ditto

 

river

Secured barge and boat that patrols for pirates on the River Thames :)

 

Looking across the river

 

 

Trinity Buoy Wharf

The wharf is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets at the confluence of River Thames and Bow Creek (River Lea). It once had the only working lighthouse in London. Today the area is home to art schools.

east india

One way to get to the wharf is on the Dockland Light Railway train (DLR) to East India station (then a ten minute walk or so)

 

trinity buoy wharf

Entrance to wharf

 

fatboy's diner

American 1940s styled diner on wharf. Ate here, very nice

 

buoy wharf

Was once only lighthouse in London

 

shack

 

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Taxi with metal tree "growing" through roof

 

boat on thames

River Thames, interesting double bell on right called "Time and Tide Bell"

 

boat and chimes

O2 Arena in background; rising high tide rings bell to create a melody

 

metal man

Some get out of sorts more than others

 

light ship

Lightship 95, professional recording studio on 550 tonne ship

 

whale oil

Two older industries

 

fish

Sometimes where there is water there are fish

 

ball

 

 

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. Its construction began in 1515 and was once owned by King Henry VIII. It houses many works of art.

tour boat

Arriving by boat at Hampton Court Palace

 

palace ediface

Entrance

 

Hampton Court quadrangle

Interior space at Hampton Court

 

trees

Gardens area of palace

 

chimneysfour

Even the chimneys are works of art

 

color

Color abounds today

 

outdoorwall kiosk

Interesting clock at upper left

 

babes

 

 

outside

View of outside from inside

 

clock

Device full of useful information; hour hand points to 11:30 AM

 

dinner for two

Dinner for three?

 

chess

Chess after dinner

 

table

A more serious moment

 

bed time

Time for bed

 

staircase

Art everywhere

 

doorcellar door

For skipping in or out unnoticed

 

art

 

balcony

Balcony setting for in situ theatre :)

 

ART

View from above

 

art

 

cafe

Cafe

 

pantry

 

long tablepantry

Food must be prepared for residents and guests

 

loo

Rare indoor plumbing for that historical period

 

 

Portobello Road

This is a street in Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea running parallel with Ladbroke Grove. Its main street-market activities take place on Saturday for antiques, used clothing, vegetables, and other consumer items. It sometimes serves as a setting for movies and televison shows. The nearest Underground station is at Ladbroke Grove on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

Ladisbroke

 

Portobello market

 

salvation army

 

store

Perhaps you'd like to purchase an old typewriter

 

record player

Almost bought the gramophone

 

alice

 

boxing gloves

Boxing anyone?

 

antiques portobello

Collectables and antiques shop

 

palm trees

Palm trees grow in London

 

pot

 

sheep

A bit piqued today?

 

electric cinema

Is one of the oldest working movie theatres in the UK (1910). Seating includes armchairs, front-row beds and back-row sofas. Restaurant is next door.

 

Stop for a gin and tonic in the Distillery at 171 Portobello Road?

 

Somerset House

Somerset House is a large Neoclassical buliding south of the Strand and north of the Embankment in central London. It was designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776. It is today a home for arts and learning and has magnificent staircases. It has been a popular film location for big budget Hollywood films, including several Sherlock Holmes porjects.

somerset house

"Ground level" here is several storeys high

 

quad

 

table

 

impimp

Two of a larger set

 

table

Focus magic accomplished with a "tilt" lens

 

artistic stairs

Staircase as an art form

 

stairs

Ditto

 

stairs

Looking up

 

CELLAR

Cellar level

 

obituaryobituarary

Sentiments set in stone

 

London bath

The bath was once thought built by the Romans, but was built 400 years or so ago possibly as a cistern for watering plants in the building next door. An enterprising person possibly came up with the Roman bath idea to promote using the water for theraputic public bathing. Bath area no longer in use, except for occasional scheduled sightseeing tours originating at Somerset House.

 

London bath

Bath made of Tudor bricks is located at 5 Strand Lane, between the Strand and the Embankment

 

bath

Bath is 16 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 4 feet deep

 

Brentford

Brentford is a town in west London at the confluence of the River Brent and the Thames. Its local history can be traced back at least to 54 BC in a battle between Julius Caesar and King Cassivellaunus. The Brentford Dock was built between 1855 and 1859. Water is a big part of the Brentford terrain.

pub

The Beehive, flanked by a Morrisons Supermarket at right

 

rowers

River boating very popular here

 

water'

For strolling down by the river

 

lock

Locks

 

dock road

Photographer took his chances today without being challenged

 

canal boats

High tide is pretty but Low tide more ineresting

 

high boat

Boats are everywhere in Brentford

 

boat

 

boat

 

boat

 

carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland and emigrated to the United States. He made millions and gave away millions, including building numerous libraries all over the world as charity. This one on Boston Manor Road was built in 1903 and is a Grade II protected building

 

boat

 

pub

 

sign..ice cream

Pub sign at left; a classy building for selling ice cream at right

 

Roman Wall

The wall has been in London for nearly two thousand years. Most of the wall is gone although bits of it can be found in several areas of The City

Trojan

Trajan, Roman Emperor 98-117 (near Tower Hill)

 

roman wall

 

roman wall

Doughnuts at the Roman Wall in London

 

roman wall

 

sundail

Sundial near Roman Wall

 

roman wall

Museum of London in background

 

roman wall..roman wall

 

london wall

Trajan perhaps making a point about the future of Londinium

 

River Wandle

This river runs south of the Thames River, passing through the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton, and Wandsworth

wandle river

 

wandle river

 

wandle river

 

wandle stones

Near the river

 

wandle river

 

wandle river

 

wandle river

 

wandle river

 

Crane Pub

The Crane, a short walk from the river

 

river signear

Nearby river

 

river

 

sign

 

truck

Not far away

 

Windsor Castle

This is a royal residence in the county of Berkshire. Its construction started in the 11th century. Inside its walls is the 15th-century St George's Chapel

 

windows

 

windsor castle

 

cannon

The building will be defended

 

windsor castle

 

windsor castle'slit

 

windsor stairs

 

windsor

 

belllamp

 

French Connection

Near train station

 

railway.railway

Train station; end of the line

 

Tower of London

Construction began after 1066. It has at times been a royal residence and at other times a prison. The crown jewels are kept here. One of Henry VIII wives, Anne Bolen, haunts the White Tower, as do Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey and Margaret Pole.

Tower of London

Part of the Tower

 

tower of london

The Tower from a distance

 

tower

Exterior portion of the Tower

 

tower

Try scaling this wall

 

tower lions

Security detail for Tower

 

photographer

Photographer in silhouette

 

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is more often closed than open

 

Several of the Bridges of London

London is a city of many bridges some of which have a history that goes back centuries

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Blackfriars Bridge

 

blackfriars bridge

 

blackfriars bridge

Blackfriars Bridge seen from nearby Blackfriars Train Bridge (with protected remnants of older bridge)

 

Blackfriars train bridge

Blackfriars Train Bridge

 

blackfriars train bridge

 

St Pauls

Seen on the way to Millenium Bridge

 

Millenium BRidge..millenium bridge

Nearby Millennium Bridge for pedestrians (shown from opposite sides of Thames River)

 

steps

Stairs down to the river from opposite angles

 

St Pauls

St Pauls from Millenium Bridge

 

London Bridge

Present-day London Bridge at low tide (others at this location preceded this one over the centuries)

 

London Bridge

 

bridge lamps

 

london bridge

Colorful puddle on riverbank

 

Power Station

Front side of massive historic Battersea Power Station near Chelsea Bridge

 

bridge art

Art on the river

 

hammersmith bridge

Second of two bridges at this site, this one built in 1887

 

Hammersmith Bridge

 

Hammersmith Bridge.bus bridge

Photographer takes bus back to hotel

 

egret

Next to the bridge

 

The Museum of London

 

museum of london

 

museum of london

 

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

 

museum of london

Very old

 

coffin

Coffin

 

images

 

300 AD

Living Room circa 300 AD

 

shield

 

museum

 

Nov 22 2017