So here we are just under a week away from our first gathering in London, and thank you all so much for the great response. A few Mondays back I took a trip up town and met up with Jon Butler to do a reccy of the area, and to see if the itinerary we had loosely put together was doable, and to get an idea of what food etc was available to us all near to the hotel. The hotel is beautifully situated just a short stroll away from the gateway to Tower Bridge, and close by is St Katherine's Dock, where there is an abundance of places to eat, and tastes to suite everyone. Two that come to mind are the Mala, an Indian Restaurant, which looks very reasonably priced and has a very varied menu, which also includes a good variety of Vegetarian dishes. The menu can be found on their site here:
Close by is The Dickens Inn, which has a varied menu to suite everyone. Their Grill menu looks superb though a little bit pricey, but overall not too bad. Their menus etc can be found here:
Of course these are only suggestions and good cheap food can be found elsewhere. I had a beautiful piece of cod in beer batter with a side salad for £9 in a pub in Borough Market, so eating does not have to cost the earth. Other eateries can be found here:
The loosely planned itinerary for the Saturday is as follows.
After Breakfast, at approx 09.30am, head over Tower Bridge to the Southbank and spend some time making images along the way. The idea will be to head towards Borough Market, which is a great area for photography, and spend some time in the area, perhaps having a bit of lunch, a beer, or a coffee. As I have mentioned before, there are a few great pubs doing great food at reasonable prices, or you may prefer to eat from one of the stalls on the market itself. A little further along the Thames is the Tate Modern, which stands opposite the Wobbly bridge that leads accross to St Paul's. Again, a wonderful place for photography.
A little before 2.30pm, it would be a good idea for those that are going to the Salgado exhibition, and have booked tickets for 3pm, to meet at London Bridge (which we pass on the way), as we will need to cross the Thames to Monument tube to catch the Circle line to South Kensington.
The exhibition closes at 17.50pm, and somewhere around that time would be a good idea to head back to the hotel to have a freshen up and prepare for the Print share, which hopefully will kick off about 7.00pm to 7.30pm, though as we all know, it happens when it happens, but it is good to set a rough time for those planning on popping in for the evening. Some time during the day we should decide at what point to eat in the evening?
So, the print share will be 7.00 to 7.30pm-ish, at the Travelodge, London Tower Bridge.
Sundays itinerary can be discussed during the day by those attending, but both myself and Jon think that the key place to visit are:
St Katherine's Dock
All are stops on the Docklands Light Railway, and just a short walk away. Personally, both Limehouse Basin and Canary Wharf are beautiful with the sun low in the sky, so perhaps the afternoon shoot can end at one of these locations.
One last thing, There will be about three or four short tube journeys during the weekend, so it may be a good idea to buy a visitors Oyster travel card, or perhaps inquire about including tube travel with in the price of your rail fare if you are traveling in by train. Info on the Oyster card can be found here:
A few other things to remember.
By all means bring a tripod, but don't be too upset if you are moved on. Maybe late at night by the Thames you may get away with it.
Bring a Brolly!
For those travelling in for the day, you can find out where we are by calling my mobile: 07736 544472.
Cheers, and look forward to seeing you soon.