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UNITED KINGDOM - London


Location - Western Europe; Capital - London; Population - 61 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - ENGLAND

I've lived in London on and off since 1993, and have recently taken a bundle of photos for this website. I've just added Lumiere London photos from January 2016 to this page plus Hampton Court Palace.

 

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eng322Wembley Stadium,the home of the England football team - London

 

eng326Wembley Stadium, with a capacity of 90,000, also hosts other sporting events aswell as live music - London

 

eng4206Shri Swaminarayan Temple is a glorious Hindu temple in Neasden, near Wembley - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4202Enter the temple to admire the intricate carvings of the Inner Sanctum (no photos allowed) - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng5111Not content with just one fantastic Hindu temple, the Shree Sanatan Hindu Mandir is little more than 2km away in Wembley - London

 

eng5115The £16m temple opened in 2010 - London

 

eng6188Keep heading north west to the outskirts of London and you'll find Ruislip Lido, a little-known beach very popular on summer days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6194The lido comes complete with its very own miniature railway! London

 

eng336A replica of Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde looks toward 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and the Monument, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng337The Golden Hinde and Gherkin - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4626The Clink Prison Museum was one of the 'oldest and most notorious prisons' in Britain. The Brits often refer to prisons as 'clinks' and this is the original, on Clink Street (naturally) near the Golden Hinde - London

 

eng340Next to the Golden Hinde is Pickfords Wharf - London

 

eng342Cast iron sculptures of the artist Antony Gormley appeared for a few weeks close to the Hayward Gallery in the Summer of 2007 - London

 

eng344Thirty one casts were dotted around London as part of his Blind Light exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng345On top of a building near the South Bank Centre, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng378During World War II, Winston Churchill directed Britain's war effort from the Cabinet War Rooms, found opposite St James's Park in central London

 

eng379The Map Room was the hub of the Cabinet War Rooms. The room was left almost exactly as seen on 16 August 1945, the day after VJ Day - London

 

eng99One of many paintings by street artist Banksy.
This is Chalk Farm Maid, opposite Chalk Farm tube station in north west London. Oops! It's now been painted over.

More info on Banksy art locations
His official site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1158A slightly worse for wear Banksy at Bethnal Green, east London. The double yellow lines of the flower used to carry on to the pavement and to the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1100Ten Trinity Square, over the road from the Tower Of London, was the former home of the Port of London Authority - London

 

eng4532Cool off in the summer fountains at Somerset House - London

 

eng1123The ice skating rink at Somerset House is open to all for the 2 months around Christmas - London

 

eng1129Somerset House is an 18th century government building located on the Strand in central London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1133The river Thames and central London, as seen from Blackfriars Bridge

 

eng1132Near Blackfriars Bridge in January 2009, London

 

eng1136The Monument commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1139The Monmument, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, was completed in 1677 near where the fire started - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1138And you can climb the 311 steps to the top - Monument, London

 

eng1144..to see the Tower of London and Thames from above - London

 

gipsykings12The Gipsy Kings played at Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath in the Summer of 2009 - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1182Greenwich Foot Tunnel dives beneath the river Thames, linking Greenwich to the Isle of Dogs in east London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1153Walking alongside the Grand Union Canal between Shoreditch and Angel, also known as Regent's Canal - London

 

eng1155Overlooking the canal are a few pubs and plenty of offices & housing developments - London

 

eng1156Close to the Islington Tunnel section of the canal near Angel, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1191The entrance to one of the hugely popular Camden markets in north London

 

eng1200The Stables Market in Camden, London

 

eng1185Loads of tourists and Londoners go to Camden to check out the markets and nightlife - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1189There's several quirky shopfronts in Camden - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1166Not much to do with leather methinks - Camden, London

 

eng1221Highams Park lake, north London

 

eng1429Little Venice is a canal area in north west London, near Warwick Avenue tube station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1432It's a picturesque section of the Regent's Canal - Little Venice, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1437Plenty of booze and restaurant cruises ply the canal between Camden Lock and Little Venice - London

 

eng1440It's possible to walk from Little Venice along the canal which passes through the outskirts of Regent's Park. After a mile or so you'll end up in Camden - London

 

eng2349Hollow Pond is a boating lake in the Leytonstone area of Epping Forest, east London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng5102In Leytonstone Tube station's pedestrian subway is the Hitchcock Gallery, a series of mosaics celebrating the life and works of film director Sir Alfred Hitchcock - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng5104Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone in 1899 and directed such movies greats as Psycho (first mosaic), Vertigo, The Birds, North by Northwest (above) and The 39 Steps - London

 

eng6435A Hitchcock street mural off Leytonstone High Road - London

 

eng6240Heronry Pond in Wanstead, next to Leytonstone, is a lake in Wanstead Park - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6159This pond can be found in the Hainault Forest Country Park, further along the Central line in north east London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6248(Commissioned?) street art on the streets of Walthamstow, a short bus ride from Leytonstone in east London

 

eng2136The Emirates Air Line is a cable car straddling the River Thames right next to the O2, linking North Greenwich with the Victoria Docks on the north bank - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2141In the distance is the Thames Flood Barrier - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2144The O2 and Canary Wharf as seen from the cable car - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6117A 20 minute walk along the Thames brings you to the Thames Flood Barrier. The barrier was completed in 1982, protecting the eastern part of Greater London from flooding - London

 

eng6118Past one of the barrier gates to the O2 and Emirates Air Line - London

 

eng2155The Shard opened to great fanfare in July 2012 with a laser light show - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2171It measures 309.7metres (1,016feet) and comes complete with office and residential space, hotel, restaurants and observatory - London

 

eng5536Drummers at Stratford Westfield welcome the Christmas lights ceremony - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng5605In January 2016 Lumiere London came to town, for four nights only - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng5612Light installations created by 'the world's most exciting artists' were on display in central London. This was the 'Garden of Light' in Leicester Square - London

 

eng5616'Les Voyageurs' (The Travellers) in St James's Square was particularly impressive - London

 

eng5628Others were perched on the top of buildings - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng5629One of the voyageurs looks down on us in the moonlight - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng5636Ever-changing shapes and images projected on to '195 Piccadilly' - London

 

eng5642These creatures, 'Les Luminéoles', floated above Piccadilly - London

 

eng5662The 'Circus of Light' was a quirky, child-friendly light projection in the King's Cross area - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6137Kew Gardens in west London boasts the largest number of living plants in the world - London

 

eng6132The 50m high Great Pagoda was built in 1762 - London

 

eng6129The gardens opened in 1840, though the treetop walkway was a more recent addition, in 2008 - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2326Crossing the River Thames on the way to Hampton Court Palace, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

 

eng2295Hampton Court Palace was built in the 16th century for Cardinal Wolsey but eventually became a home of King Henry VIII

 

eng2319A palace local in Base Court, Hampton Court Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2304Barrels in Henry VIII's wine cellar - Hampton Court Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2307A statue in Chapel Court Garden - Hampton Court Palace

 

eng2309Fountain Court - Hampton Court Palace

 

eng2312aThe palace held around 1,000 people, placing a massive strain on nearby food resources - Hampton Court Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2313One of the most important rooms, Henry VIII would dine in state at the Great Hall - Hampton Court Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2315Four Evangelists stoning the Pope, a take on Henry VIII's collision with Catholicism. Henry VIII broke away from the Church of Rome in 1514 and was established as head of the Church of England. This painting was in his collection - Hampton Court Palace

 

eng2325Hampton Court Palace has over 60 acres of riverside gardens

 

eng2324The gardens include a 300-year-old maze - Hampton Court Palace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6143A well-to-do area of the capital is Richmond upon Thames in the south west - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6145A riverside bar in Richmond upon Thames - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2333The Cutty Sark, one of the last tea clippers to be built (in 1869) on display next to the Thames in Greenwich - London

 

eng2336The Old Royal Naval College, in Maritime Greenwich, was originally constructed as a hospital by Sir Christopher Wren - London

 

eng4831The ultimate ship-in-a-bottle at Greenwich - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4833Wood-carved figureheads (placed on a ship's bow) adorn the walls of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2339An alleyway near Greenwich Market - London

 

eng2346A great atmosphere at the Olympic women's volleyball semi-final at Earl's Court - London

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitlondon.com - London's official website

www.timeout.com/london - what to do in London

www.welcometolondon.com

www.londontown.com

www.tfl.gov.uk - info on the Underground (tube), buses etc

www.londonnet.co.uk - London news

www.london.gov.uk - more useful links on this page

www.enjoyengland.com - England tourist board

www.visitbritain.com - Britain's official tourism website

www.eurostar.com - Eurostar train from London to Paris, Brussels and more

 

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