Isn’t it wonderful! I think that may be why they are moving the Chunnel terminus to St. Pancras; shame really. Maybe we should rename St. Pancras, Trafalgar Station. Duck!
Originally Posted by Andy K
I'm going to ignore the photo shopping bit because the most interesting is to be found not in central London but out where rents are cheaper and in magazines/the web.
If I had one day to spend in London I'd spend it walking along the Thames frm the Houses of Parliament to Canary Wharf. Its a long way- about 7 or 8 miles maybe, but over a full day thats nothing and there's a lot of photographic opportunity, some great old pubs and you won't waste the day travelling from one place to another on Public transport.
It couuld work out as follows.
Photograph the Houses of Parliament from the south bank near Lambeth Bridge at or near dawn when the front's just lit. Carry on round the south bank to Westminster Bridge, the new Hungerford footbridge and the London Eye; go up onto Waterloo Bridge for a view downriver to the City/St Pauls and note that between two buildings on the southern approach you can frame Parliament exactly within the London Eye. Ten minutes East and you'll come to the Millenium Bridge and five minutes from the north side you'll see St Pauls cathedral. Back on the river and re-crossing the Millenium bridge you'll get a good look at the Tate Modern; a converted Power Station which normally has some great exhibits but also terraces with good views. Virtually next door you'll see the replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Staying on the south bank look at the pillara and placques on Blackfriars Bridge and walk along Clink Street to where you'll find a replica of Francis Drake's Golden Hind, with an old pub nearby,( this part of London being strong on replicas, including the modern London Bridge which replaced the one now in Arizona or somewhere).
Staying on the south Bank, take a look at Hays Galleria which demonstrates albeit imperfectly that there's better things to do with handsome old commercial buildings than demolition. Then staying on the south bank you'll see the eceentric ( in both senses) City Hall building recently completes but managing to look out of date already. You'll then walk past the warship HMS Belfast , reaching Tower Bridge with a good view of the Tower of London opposite.
In fact if you wanted to see a little more of the City and some fine old and new architecture you could depart the above route at London Bridge walking north to the Monument and another 5 mins north to the Bank of England/Royal Exchange /Mansion House then turn East along Cornhill to Leadenhall Street where you'll see the Lloyds Building and Leadenhall Market behind in interesting proximity. Then you can cut south to rejoin the River at Custom House, noting and maybe photographing the modern gothic London Underwriting Centre on the way, and turn east past the walls of the Tower.
Both these routes get you to Tower Bridge. You walk north climbing down from the Bridge and enter St Katharine's dock, a mixture of old and new, and through the dock you rejoin the Thames Path heading East. From now on there's a number of pubs but mainly its passing by conversions of old docks to modern shopping and apartments. Its our Tribeca. Look at the massive Butler's wharf on the opposite bank.
There's some excellent old seafarers houses at Wapping and the density of small old pubs increases which can make progress slow. There's also some of the old dock Basins remaining. Quiet Places now. You'll reach a point where you can see the Tower Blocks of Canary Wharf illuminated by the by now afternoon sun. There's a lot of fairly dramatic modern architecture to see round here in a dockland setting and in good light the photography can be excellent. You get back to Central London on the Jubilee Line or on the Docklands Light Railway into the City.
Its a busy day but if you're sufficiently keen to get out early, it is one day, including photography but not a lot of time waiting for light.