I’ve been close to pulling my hair out! This post has taken ages to write and my Dell Laptop is playing up (dying), so apologies this follow up to my walking tour around The V&A and Tate Britain is such a late upload.
I would suggest reading part 1 (click ‘here’ for link) will help explain why I made this journey to London in the first place, thank you it’ll lol save me writing 300 words and please note ALL the photos were taken by me as I walked around London’s landmark buildings Saturday August 4th 2018.
(Very quickly I’ll tell you this is a response post to a WordPress blogger by the name of Juliette Turrell, she herself visited London namely The National Gallery and The V&A and click ‘here’ for Juliette’s very own daytrip to London with photos.)
Btw the blogging phrase ‘photo dump’ is a new one on me but I like it 🙂 .
Below is a picture of me sitting on the grass in sunny London enjoying an ice cold can of coke and slice of pizza..…….. and what do you think of the shoes? Don’t answer lol because I love them!
London was a blue skies blazing sun and 30 degree temperatures beautiful day, tooo hot for me if truth be told but I’m loathed to complain because there were pretty ladies wearing short dresses everywhere! I ask how could I ever complain!
Tate Britain picture gallery
Below are a selection of exhibits both paintings also a marble sculpture of ‘Eve’ that particularly caught my eye!
The Victoria and Albert art museum (better known as the V&A)
Below the museum’s entrance , ‘the cast west wall’ and central hall containing several sculptures.
I have to admit I love riding the trains on The Underground, depending on a Tube Line I choose the train will within minutes whisk me to any number of landmarks parks railways stations. It’s the ONLY way to travel in car contested London.
Big Ben clock tower and The Millennium Wheel
Walking from The Tate Picture gallery towards The West End I stopped to take these two photos of Big Ben’s clock tower………….. as you can see I picked a beautiful day to visit London.
Directly opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben but on the opposite bank of the River Thames sit’s ‘The Millennium Wheel’.
The Millennium Wheel or London Eye depending on which you prefer is a spectacular sight! I have journeyed one revolution of this mightily impressive big wheel several years ago (expensive)
Interestingly it was only supposed to stand for one year and was to be then pulled down, a v popular attraction that I doubt will ever move location.
Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column
After several hours walking around The Tate and The V&A museum I decided I’d had enough culture for one day, so by the time reached the National Gallery I decided to give it a miss! So I re planned my journey took a few photographs below and headed for Leicester Square and something to eat.
Below attached to a station wall is the iconic London Underground’s map, incidentally underground systems right across the world copy and adjust the design to suit their own network. I don’t underplay the word iconic either! For both tourists and commuters the station names are a doddle to locate so making planning a journey easy.
Now for a rather macabre series of photos taken approaching The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge, I’m sad to say the line of concrete blocks separating pavement and road are to stop Jihadi suicide bombers driving into crowds of pedestrians!
The statue of a very bored looking William Shakespeare, you could say is rather poignant expression seeing as a the Disney Movie ‘Finding Nemo’ is playing to the seated crowds watching in Leicester Square. But a lovely place to sit and watch a Film whilst eating pizza and drinking coke! (Oh and observe the ladies walking past)
The Statue of Eros (below) stands bang in the centre of Piccadilly Circus, without Googling (I never do) I’m wondering if the cars and buses circling Eros were originally likened to prancing horses circling a ride at the circus?
Who knows every place name originates somewhere!
This lady below dressed in gold was one of MANY street performers I saw Saturday, I stood watching her for while and she neither blinked or moved a muscle…….. very impressive especially in that heat!
Now compare my photographs above against Piccadilly Circus taken in 1949 below (Googled), and bare in mind the Statue of Eros is the only constant that binds the two together……… lol kinda obvious!
Trafalgar Square’s fountains with The National Picture Gallery behind, a truly magnificent beautiful building and perhaps lost amongst London’s other great buildings.
Oh and I forgot to tell you my camera cost £8 purchased from eBay, just goes to show you don’t have to spend a fortune to take ‘good’ photos!
Leicester Square borders London’s theatreland, I could have chosen to photograph any number of theatres but settled on The Haymarket instead……. as I remember I saw ‘The Lion King’ here several years ago for my parent’s Golden Wedding evening out. Or was it The Haymarket where I saw Darryl Hannah in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’? (A quite brilliant performance and I’m still in love with her).
Entrance to Chinatown which borders Soho and Theatreland………….. I’m a little annoyed at myself because I SHOULD have visited Soho for a blow job, NO I mean I should have visited Soho and taken photos of sex shops for you, hmm perhaps next time because the neon lights look fabulous shining bright at night.
End of a long tiring but satisfying day I began to wind my weary way home taking these two photographs just before l left London. To the right is Victoria Railway Station on the left a ‘mini’ statue of Big Ben standing at the Station’s entrance, and quite startled me simply because it’s brand new! I’m impressed, perhaps we’ll see themed clocks right across central London.
I hope you enjoyed my journey and what with my Dell playing up and the great number of photos THIS post has been my most problematic ever! 😀
A. Shepherdson 2018