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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


















eng6148Oysters, cocktails and sofas on the South Bank - London





eng6147 The Shed is a pop-up theatre 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




eng319The 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




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


eng6463The ruins of St Dunstan-in-the-East Church. The 11th century church was badly damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666, repaired, but damaged again in The Blitz of World War II - 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


eng6478One of the world's most famous album covers is The Beatles' Abbey Road, and this is that same zebra crossing in north west London, with Abbey Studios and a souvenir shop just behind. There were queues of mainly Japanese tourists waiting to pose



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 mimed and sang) - London


















eng6250The world's tallest German welcomes visitors to a Bavarian beerhall at Winter Wonderland 2016 - London


eng6441Plenty of wurst, bratwurst and currywurst are on offer, along with German beers and gluhwein - London


eng6494An alternative to Winter Wonderland is Winterville. When it was hosted in East London it had a more local, bohmenian feel with an ecelectic mix of stalls. But it's now moved to Clapham in south London, and has a more corporate feel to it - London


eng6495Having said that it's still an enjoyable, lively atmosphere and definitely less crowded than Winter Wonderland! - London




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.




















eng6467For all Harry Potter fans, there really is a Platform 9¾! Head to King's Cross station, and if you're lucky there'll be an assistant providing a scarf and wand for a photo opp - London


eng6470It's worth checking out the very grand St Pancras building outside King's Cross St Pancras station. It was recently converted to the luxurious St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - London


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





















eng6481The London Central Mosque is also called Regent's Park Mosque due to its location on the western side of Regent's Park


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


















eng6486A Sunday afternoon at the Oval watching the England v India cricket test match. It was Alastair Cook's final match and the following day he hit a century. Adios Cooky! - 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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