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

I've lived in London on and off since 1993, and have recently taken a bundle of photos for this website.


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eng9The London Eye was opened on 31 December 1999 for the Millenium celebrations - London


eng200The London Eye makes a full rotation in about 30 minutes - London


















eng201The London Eye is 135 metres high and each capsule accommodates up to 25 people - London















eng13The National Theatre, part of the South Bank Centre, next to the river Thames - London


eng6148Oysters, cocktails and sofas on the South Bank - London















eng6147 The Shed is a pop-upmtheatre on the south bank. I'm sure it's meant to be temporary but it's been there for a few years now - London














eng2327A colourful baobab tree welcomes visitors to Africa Utopia at the South Bank, a celebration of African music in July 2012 - London


eng4051Hedge sculptures formed part of South Bank's Festival of Neighbourhood - London


P1040199A few African singing legends at one of the South Bank concerts. In the red top is Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Mory Kante all in white (Guinea) and next to him Baba Maal (Senegal) - London














eng4503The South Bank is always original - in the summers of 2014 to 2016 this yoghurt stall has been on show - London














eng4947The graffiti tunnel on Leake Street, a few blocks behind the London Eye - London


eng4952Hidden away on Station Approach Road (above Leake Street) is the House of Vans, a converted tunnel complex formerly known as the Old Vic Tunnels. It's now an arts and exhibition centre aimed at 16-25 year-olds but has a bar, cafe, skateboard rink and cinema open to all ages - London


eng11There's many floating nightclubs on the Thames, the one here moored in front of the Hungerford Bridge - London














eng18The London Bridge, illuminated at night, London. The original London Bridge was moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA


eng5851The eyes definitely follow you around.. The Navigators is a bronze sculpture by David Kemp in Hay's Galleria - London


eng20The Tower Bridge was built in the late 19th century - London














eng305The Tower Bridge as seen from the north bank of the Thames - London














eng316Looking skyward at Tower Bridge - London


eng319The two lifting sections of the bridge are visible here - London


eng1116The Tower of London was built in the 11th century on the orders of William the Conqueror (King William I of England) - London













eng1109As well as being a royal palace, Guy Fawkes, Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh and Rudolf Hess were imprisoned here.
The Crown Jewels are now stored in the Tower. London














eng1106The White Tower, the central fortress at the Tower of London, as seen from an archway beneath the Bloody Tower. Around 125 people live in the Tower of London, principally those who work there - London


eng4591In 2014, to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, a total of 888,246 ceramic poppies were progressively laid in the Tower's moat - London


eng4590The installation was called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red and ran from July to November 2014 - London














eng4604Each ceramic poppy represented a British fatality in World War I. All the poppies were sold, raising money for charities - London















eng5831A statue of Roman Emperor Trajan stands in front of a section of the London Wall, built around 200AD by the Romans, which used to surround Londinium (Roman London) - London














eng4613Opposite the Tower of London is St Katharine Docks, where bars and restaurants overlook the water - London


eng4536Part of the Iraqi supergun bound for Saddam Hussein's Iraq stands outside the Royal Artillery Museum. The museum belongs to the Royal Arsenal, a former military barracks in Woolwich, south east London
Arsenal football supporters know their team is closely linked to these barracks; Arsenal FC (aka The Gunners) was originally named Dial Square (and then Woolwich Arsenal), after the Royal Arsenal workshop where the club was founded.


eng4534Peter Burke's Assembly stands near the former barracks in Woolwich - London














P1150045Canary Wharf (out of picture) and the London Eye (left) can be seen from Leytonstone in east London













eng5715A full moon over Hollow Pond in Leytonstone - London



Before the Battersea Power Station towers were recently dismantled, a series of open-air cinema events took place complete with bars and food stalls. Beer, headphones, Saturday Night Fever and a sleeping bag! London


eng4554Altitude Bar at the top of Millbank Tower is a superb place to get a bird's eye view of London. There's a champagne bar, with restaurant below, but check the website for opening times as it's often booked for corporate events


eng28HMS Belfast is docked near the Tower of London - London














eng39Walking on the Hungerford Bridge towards Embankment - London


eng113The Houses of Parliament contains the House of Commons and House of Lords. It's where the goverment and opposition shout, argue and bicker - London














eng40The Clock Tower, popularly known as Big Ben (which is actually the name of the bell) - Houses of Parliament, London


















eng4567The London Eye and Houses of Parliament - London


eng105The National Theatre, London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the south bank of the Thames - London















eng204The Houses of Parliament from the base of the London Eye - London















eng2345Westminster Bridge, with the Houses of Parliament in the background - London


eng57Night falls on Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London


eng144Chances are you'll use Piccadilly's Eros statue as a meeting point in London














eng145Eros is popular with pigeons - London


















eng152Covent Garden market is busy year round - London


eng4571Forget Munich, London has its very own Oktoberfest. Venues are at Kennington and Canary Wharf (pictured)


P9291465There's some very hot fraulines at Kennington Oktoberfest. As well as guys in lederhosen - London














P9291379In true Oktoberfest tradition the tables are for standing on - London














eng4037A makeshift beerhall at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland - London


eng4045Winter Wonderland is open for about six weeks around Christmas, and gets bigger and bigger every year. Virtually all the stalls, park rides and even the multi-tier bars are temporary - London













eng4042Of course! You always need a singing moose (yes it opened its mouth and sang) - London















eng4046A Nordic welcome outside a Winter Wonderland beerhall - London


P1150047An alternative to Winter Wonderland is Winterville at Victoria Park in East London. It has a more local, bohmenian feel with an ecelectic mix of stalls. And definitely less crowded!


eng4060Spinning the wheel on a Friday night at the British Museum - London


eng6184Bandstand Busking showcases free live music at the dozens of bandstands across the capital. These guys are The Leisure Society - London















eng162The BT Tower, formerly the Post Office Tower and London Telecom Tower - London. Plans to open a rotating restaurant were quietly ditched recently.

















eng94Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen - London


eng132View of Buckingham Palace from St James's Park, London


eng133Looking east towards Horse Guards Parade - St James's Park, London


The Royal Parks website provides information on St James's Park, Hyde Park and several others












eng127This statue of Achilles forms part of the Wellington Monument in Hyde Park - London


















eng302London's traditional red telephone box


eng300A dragon statue at Temple Bar, the Strand, marking the boundary of the City of London - London


eng93The Royal Albert Hall, opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, hosts ballet, opera, concerts, tennis and much more - London













eng119The Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London


















eng160Trafalgar Square, with the National Gallery in the background - London


eng4619The blue cockerel has stood on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth in since 2013 - London


eng4961A cool place for a drink is the Vista Bar on Trafalgar Hotel's roof terrace, which towers over Trafalgar Square - London















eng4216One of the most attractive green spaces in London is Battersea Park


eng4218The London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park tells the story of Buddha - London


eng4211Some quality rowing (?) at Battersea Park - London















eng5762Coinciding with Chinese New Year, the Magic Lantern Festival made its UK debut in 2016 at Chiswick in west London - London


eng5764Hundreds of illuminated sculptures are spread around the large Chiswick House Gardens. These look like spooky baobab trees to me but they're not from China. Any ideas? London


eng5774The Magic Lantern Festival runs through February to the beginning of March - London














eng5791The permanent temple in Chiswick House Gardens was illuminated for the festival - London














eng5796I'm thinking along the lines of terracotta warriors here - London


eng57822016 is the year of the monkey and all 12 of the animals of the Chinese zodiac are represented in the festival. The mighty dragon must have been over 8m high and 50m long - London


eng5786The Magic Lantern Festival runs through February to the beginning of March - London














eng6150Sunset on the River Thames at Hammersmith, west London


eng5845The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are a Grade I listed set of dinosaurs (and extinct animals) in Crystal Palace Park, south east London. Unveiled in 1854, they were the first dinosaur sculptures in the world and pre-dated Charles Darwin's On The Origin Of Species by some years - London



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