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

Plenty of bits n bobs from around London, including the not-so-well-known.


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eng65Lanterns in Oxford Street for the celebration of Chinese New Year in London




eng51Chinese New Year decorations next to Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, in February 2007 - London


















eng50A lion at the base of Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square - London




eng142Admiral Horatio Nelson, Nelson's Column - London
























eng156Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London


eng159Nelson's Column is a commemoration to Admiral Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 - London




eng138On watch near Horse Guards Parade - London






















eng6183At Hyde Park in 2016 the Prudential RideLondon welcomed Tour de France winner Chris Froome (foreground) and Geraint Thomas (left) among many other top cyclists - London

















eng6456A penny-farthing race was one of several cycling events at Nocturne - London


eng7630 St Mary Axe, or the Swiss Re Tower, or as most people know it The Gherkin, lies in the City of London's financial district




eng78The Gherkin is an office building, completed in 2004 - London























eng72A plane flies over 30 St Mary Axe, London




eng77Leadenhall Market is a five minute walk from the Gherkin, London

















eng59A decorated Gerrard Street in Chinatown for Chinese New Year celebrations in February 2007 - London




eng61The Cambridge Theatre staged the musical Chicago - West End, London

















eng62The Dominion Theatre, on Tottenham Court Road, staged We Will Rock You from 2002 to 2014- London




eng32London's Tate Modern occupies a former power station. It houses modern and contemporary art.





















eng34Unfortunately Carsten Holler's Test Site (slides to you and me) is no longer an exhibit at the Tate Modern - London





















eng1222The view from the Tate Modern's members area - London


eng102Crossing the Thames on the Millenium Bridge, with the Tate Modern behind - London


eng100Dusk falls on the Millenium Bridge, London




eng15St Paul's Cathedral from the Tate Modern on the opposite side of the Thames - London

















eng16St Paul's and the Tate Modern are linked by the Millenium Bridge - London

















england2069Inside St Paul's Cathedral is the famous Whispering Gallery plus the tombs of the Duke of Wellington and Lord Nelson


eng103Walking along the north bank of the Thames, London




eng6418The River Thames with the Shard on the right in the background - London



















eng1146The view from the Doggett's pub at Blackfriars Bridge, London

















eng5833'Allies' is a sculpture of WWII leaders Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt, unveiled in 1995 on New Bond Street - London



Just off St James' Street near Piccadilly was the 19th century site of the embassy of the Republic of Texas. I never new it had one! London




eng5839 A short walk from Holborn station is The Old Curiosity Shop, said to be the inspiration for Charles Dickens' novel of the same name. The book came first by the way, in 1841, but Dickens did live in the area and was known to have visited the shop - London
















england2019On Brook Street in Mayfair, close to Oxford Street, is the Handel & Hendrix Museum. Composer Handel and rock guitarist Hendrix lived next door to each other, albeit over 200 years apart - London


















eng1135I love the PDC World Darts Championships, held at Alexandra Palace in north London

















eng1176On a clear day there's great views of London from Alexandra Palace. To the right on the horizon is 30 St Mary Axe (aka The Gherkin) - North London




eng167Canary Wharf looking over rows of terraced houses, as seen from Alexandra Palace - London

















eng83Straining the neck at the foot of the Canary Wharf Tower - London


eng89Canary Wharf Tower stands over 235m, providing office space and an underground shopping centre - London




eng6114Are you joking?! Of course - this is the Traffic Light Tree sculpture next to Billingsgate Market in Canary Wharf. Fortunately it's not a major junction.. London

















eng6419The main 2012 Olympics venue, now called the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, has been converted into a sports and leisure complex - London

















eng6420The Olympic Stadium is now called the London Stadium, home to West Ham football club. The red structure behind left is the ArcelorMittal Orbit which now has an external slide (sounds cool!) - London


eng6438The atmosphere was great at athletics' 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium. Makwala, van Niekerk, Semenya, Asher-Smith, Allyson Felix were all there. Excellent! London




eng6423Behind the Olympic Park is Hackney Wick, a bit of a rundown area but boasting superb canalside bars and fantastic street art. On the right is No.90 Bar & Kitchen, and further down is Crate Brewery - London

















eng86Full moon over the O2, formerly the Millenium Dome, in Greenwich, London
















eng1449The O2 hosts live music, sports tournaments and exhibitions - London




eng1211The end of the year ATP World Tour Finals take place at the O2 - London
















eng1216I was lucky enough to see Roger Federer play Andy Murray - London

















eng355It chucked it down all day at Wimbledon except for just over 60 minutes, but at least the gorgeous Ana Ivanovic came out to play (left) - Wimbledon, London


eng6471Talking of beauty the blimp made a swift tour of London after being floated above the city when Trump was in town. Love it! - London




eng2347 Put that in your bath. This duck was advertising something though I can't remember what - London















eng2350 Walking through a park on the way to Highgate Cemetery - London















eng2387Highgate is a well-to-do residential area in north London


eng2355Highgate Cemetery is home to the rich and famous. If you're dead. Novelists Douglas Adams and George Eliot, actor Sir Ralph Richardson, comedian Max Wall, sculptor/artist Henry Moore, TV presenter Jeremy Beadle, physicist Michael Faraday, and many artists, politicians and activists from around the world are buried here - London





eng2357 Russian Alexander Litvinenko is buried in Highgate Cemetery West. He worked for the KGB before being a spy for the MI6 in Britian. Russia was implicated in his death from poisoning in 2006 - London















eng2380 Perhaps the most famous resident is philosopher and revolutionary socialist Karl Marx - Highgate Cemetery East, London




















eng5809Stompie the Tank sits just off Old Kent Road near Elephant & Castle. Landowner Russell Gray's application to develop the land was refused by the local council. In retaliation he successfully applied to install a 'tank'. Little did they know he was referring to a T-34 tank, brought to London for filming scenes in Richard III. Stompie was decommissioned by the Russian military, having originally been used in Czechoslovakia. The cannon is said to point in the direction of the local council offices - London



Another quirky place is the gated Ely Place (right). This site was bought by the Bishops of Ely in the 13th century to house bishops coming from Ely to visit London. Consequently Ely Court was an enclave of the See of Ely (in modern day Cambridgeshire) and not part of London. Though no longer an enclave, today it's the only privately owned road in London, governed by the Commissioners of Ely.
In a narrow alleyway off Ely Place is Ye Olde Mitre Pub (left), a historic pub built in 1546, which was also a part of Cambridgeshire - London




eng5802Yes there really is a windmill in London. In fact there's a few dotted around the capital, but Brixton Windmill is the only one in inner London. Built in 1816 to grind flour, it has limited public access throughout the year - London
















eng6153Enjoying the sunshine at the Lambeth Country Show at Brockwell Park, Brixton - London

















eng6472Some great vegetable sculptures - with awful puns - were on display at the 2018 Lambeth Country Show. On the right is England manager Gareth Southgrape, with Carrot Southgate out of picture - London


eng6492Fireworks at Brockwell Park for Bonfire Night, aka Guy Fawkes Night - London


brixtonpound4The Brixton Pound is designed to promote local businesses and the community in Brixton, south east London. A growing number of local shops accept the currency, which has a one-for-one value with British Pound Sterling

brixtonpound3Most notes feature prominent Brixton residents - singer David Bowie was born in Brixton in 1947




eng6255This David Bowie mural opposite Brixton tube station serves as a homage to the singer. He died in January 2016, a year before this photo was taken - London
















eng6261Brixton has an atmosphere all of its own, a bohemian place with a strong Afro-Caribbean flavour, niche shops and a hefty dose of street art - London


















eng6450Brixton box-park is a great place to visit, aimed at independent businesses to thrive, and on sunny days the roof comes off - London


england2073A few days a year the usually private Eel Pie Island opens it doors (or rather its pedestrian bridge) to the public - London




england2075Looking across the Thames to Twickenham, an area best known for being home to the England rugby team - London















england2082I knew there were many art galleries on Eel Pie Island but I hadn't expected so much quirkiness - London


















england2083I guess I should have, as the island has an eventful and interesting history. - London

In the 1950s jazz sessions played at the newly reopened Eel Pie Island Hotel, which led to hosting rock music and other genres in the 1960s. The Who, Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Black Sabbath, Genesis and Acker Bilk were just some who played at Eel Pie, creating an alternative, bohemian vibe. By 1969 the hotel had fallen into disrepair and the owner could no longer afford the upkeep, after which the island became one of the largest hippie communes in the UK. The hotel mysteriously burnt down in 1971


england2088Bottom right is an upside down mannequin in high heels; the building boasts a crocodile head (fake of course!) and a huge ice cream on its roof. The island is a collection of sculptures, dolls, prams, lots of mannequins and an eclectic mass of jumble and scrap - London




england2094On the opposite side of the island from the bridge is a bar restaurant - London
















england2096Strawberries & cream with beer, watching the boats go by - London


















england2103In the far north west of London at Uxbridge, is the Battle of Britain Bunker - London


england2107The bunker, situated on RAF Uxbridge grounds, was used during WWII, particularly for the Battle of Britain (1940) and D-Day (1944) - London




england2116After visiting the museum we had a very informative tour of the Operations Room, which is pretty much as it was when Winston Churchill visited in 1940 - London


















england2117The plotting table displayed aircraft numbers and locations - London

















england2174Paddington station is of course where Paddington Bear was found - London


england2273Paddington station was also the start of a train ride on board the legendary steam train the Flying Scotsman. The train was riding between London and Oxford - see my England 12 page for more - London



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