The man on the step

I haven’t posted for over three weeks (because I haven’t done anything but read books!), so here are some interesting images taken on a walk in London in January 2017. Normal service will be resumed shortly, hopefully…

Great Pubs of London

Five years ago I bought a coffee-table book, “Great Pubs of London” by George Dailey. It has wonderful pictures and the history of twenty historic London pubs. I set myself a not very serious project to visit them all, but I got nowhere. I’ve just been to one of them – The George, in Borough High Street – and it’s prompted me to resurrect the project. In the absence of a map in the book (apparently corrected in a later edition), here is an interactive one I’ve constructed in Google Maps.

On the BBC website there’s a great article about George Dailey’s book with some terrific pictures.

And here is a list of the pubs and a map of their general location

Pub lunch in London

A pub lunch in the historic George Inn on London’s Borough High Street was the excuse for a rare visit into London. The food was excellent pub-grub. A walk along the Thames to Waterloo helped to work off the beer, steak & ale pie and chips.

London – long time no see

It’s been quite a while since I / we have walked around London. We strolled along the south and north banks of the Thames around the Tower Bridge area and on a lovely, crisp mid-week morning. Gosh, it was quiet! As well as the usual sunny-day pictures, I’ve thrown in a few black and white, arty-farty images.

I’ve been to London!

It’s been over a year since I last went up to London and also some 9 months since I last met up with some old (literally!) work colleagues. On an intermittently sunny day we all met up for a bit of walking, a bit of history, and a pub lunch at the Dickens Inn in St Katharine Docks. It was just like old times with London back to being busy with tourists and young people.

London at night

On a late-afternoon walk along London’s South Bank, and before darkness descended, we came across blocks of a melting iceberg outside Tate Modern. Shipped all the way from Greenland by the artist Olafur Eliasson, the short-lived exhibition is intended to show the reality of climate change.

London Bridge walk

It’s been a a couple of months since I last walked in London and for the first time I took two cameras, the heavy Pentax DSLR with a telephoto lens, and my wonderful little Sony RX100. I only used one of the Pentax pictures so I don’t think I’ll be in a hurry to take it out again.The water in the Thames was really low – see the first b & w image, and alongside HMS Belfast there was a liner, Ocean Majesty. As often happens, I was asked by a tourist to take their photo.