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 Steps, and the Prospect of Whitby pub

 

Old Steps

The Old Steps 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

 

river thames

River Thames

 

thames

 

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" sometimes means 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 400-year-old stone floor

 

prospect bar

Current interior, Prospect of Whitby

 

prospect noose

Very few pubs have such a device

 

captain kidd

Down the street

 

king sign

Ditto

 

thames view

Looking across The River

 

river

Patrolling for pirates on the River Thames

 

 

Trinity Buoy Wharf

The wharf is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets at the confluence of River Thames and Bow Creek. 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

 

trinity buoy wharf

 

trinity buoy wharf

 

fatboy's diner

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

 

x

Taxi with metal tree "growing" through roof

 

boat on thames

River Thames

 

boat and chimes

Will ring soon!

 

chimes

May ring soon

 

metal man

 

metal man

Some get out of sorts more than others

 

light ship

Lightship

 

whale oil

An older industry

 

fish

Sometimes where there is water there are fish

 

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

 

Hampton Court quadrangle

Interior space at Hampton Court

 

trees

Gardens area of palace

 

chimneys

Even the chimneys are works of art

 

chimney

 

color

Color abounds today

 

outdoor

 

detail

Attention to details

 

door

 

outside

View of outside from inside

 

clock

Device full of useful information at 11:30 AM

 

dinner for two

Dinner for two

 

chess

Chess after dinner

 

table

A more serious moment

 

bed time

Time for bed

 

staircase

Art everywhere

 

door

For skipping in or out unnoticed

 

art

 

ART

View from above

 

art

 

cafe

Cafe

 

loo

Rare indoor plumbing

 

 

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, 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

 

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.

 

 

 

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 several big budget Hollywood films, including for several Sherlock Holmes porjects.

 

somerset house

"Ground level" here is several stories high

 

side

 

quad

 

table

 

impimp

Two of a larger set

 

table

Focus magic?

 

artistic stairs

Staircase as an art form

 

stairs

Ditto

 

stairs

Looking up

 

STAIRS

Looking from underneath

 

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 came up with the Roman bath idea to promote using the water for theraputic public bathing. Bath not in use today, 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

 

water'

 

lock

Locks

 

dock road

Photographer took his chances today without being challenged

 

canal boats

Low tide

 

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

 

boat

 

ice cream

 

 

More to come this fall ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 26 2017