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    A sunny day in Central London.

    A bit of a trial run this as I'd like to do a few trip reports while I'm on tour this winter.

    I resized all photo's to 800x600 for ease of viewing and uploading.

    I'll set this size automatically on my camera while I'm travelling so I can just plug in and upload without resizing.

    The camera is new, a Canon Ixus 85 is, it's a compact but has a lot of manual settings which I have yet to get into.

    The day was bright and hazy and you will see the the camera struggled a bit on the auto setttings with exposure and depth, anyway it's a trial run and I hope to get to grips with it as time goes on.

    So without further ado...

    We had gorgeous weather last weekend and as most of the summer has been a washout I thought I'd make the most of it,
    so Saturday I grabbed the camera and my latest foreign conquest and we took the train up to Waterloo.



    Here is the clock on the main concourse at Waterloo station, this is where people would meet back in the day.

    As you can see we got there just berore 1 pm.



    Turning back toward the main entrance as we exited the station,
    you can see that the edifice is a monument to the railway workers that lost their lives in WW1.



    Rather than take the underground north of the Thames,
    I always like to walk over Waterloo Bridge as it has in my opinion the best views in London.

    First, past the Imax.



    Onto the bridge, past the monstrosity that is the South Bank Arts Centre (I won't bother with photo's!)
    and to the left you see the City of Westminster, the Thames Embankment, the London Eye
    and the Houses Of Parliament in the distance.



    Crossing the road, this old London Routemaster came by on it's way to a wedding by the looks of things... wonderful!



    And then from the other side, to the east, the City Of London. Yes there are two Cities in London.
    The City of Westminster that has Parliment and Whitehall with the government and ministries,
    and the City of London which has the financial markets Bank of England and Fleet Street with the press etc,
    phew.. anyway.

    The City of London, Blackfriars Bridge, St Pauls Cathederal, the financial district, and in the distance Canary Wharf in Docklands.



    Then a short walk over the bridge and into the city north of the Thames and up into Covent Garden, this used to be the main trading market for produce until the city trade got too big and the market moved south of the river to Vauxhall.



    The pubs here used to be notorious hangouts for traders, artisans and whores and the area,
    although now taken over with cafe's and boutiques, still has a very bohemain feel to it,
    with street performers moonlighting from their jobs in the nearby theatres and the cramped old pubs
    and narrow streets giving the area a special character.



    After a spot of lunch and then a couple of pints whilst standing outside people watching,
    we made our way through to the Charing Cross road and south into Trafalger Square.

    And there the most beautiful sight...,
    St Martins In The Fields church in it's full glory, this church which has a unique history of helping the poor and sick of London,
    was always the most dirty, blackened and pitiful sight.
    Several years ago they started a cleaning project and for years it has been shrouded in screens and scaffolding.
    It's a remarkable transformation.



    To the left and along the north side of Trafalger Square is the National Gallery,
    entry is free and you can see some amazing pictures,
    the impressionists being my favorites, Van Goch, Cezanne and errr... all the other ones.
    Some Canelletto's too, and you thought that was a type of pasta right?



    After an hour or two we started to OD on art, so back out into the sun.

    Trafalger Square with Nelsons Column and in the distance Big Ben, through Whitehall.



    Obviously very, very busy. But everyone really relaxed and enjoying the great weather.



    Walking down through Whitehall, where you have the Admiralty, the Ministry of Defence and Downing Street,
    we passed this monunment about 50 metres from the Centoaph,
    it was unveiled in 2005 to honour the war effort by women in WW2.
    (there was a lot of building work going on so I couldn't get a clear shot of it.)



    And the Cenotaph.



    And a bit further along to Parliament Square, with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament,
    Westminster Cathederal is also situated across from here.



    By now our feet were starting to ache and our bellies starting to rumble so we jumped on the tube, two stops, to Piccadilly Circus.



    Here you can see the statue of Eros, another famous meeting place.
    You can also see the area was heaving with people and all the streets around seemed to full to bursting with people heading into the centre.

    So we made a sharp exit into the narrow streets of Soho and found a nice little noodle bar that did a fair go at Thai food
    and cold Tiger beer, we cooled our heels there for an hour or so and ate our fill and quenched our thirsts.

    After 5-6 hours in the city we were whacked!

    Still enough energy left to walk through Leicester Square and down to the Embankment,
    crossing on the Victoria footbridge you get a great view to the west,
    the London Eye, Westminter and Chelsea Harbour apartments in the distance.



    Then a stroll along the South Embankment, checking out the buskers and generally just people watching.



    Under the Eye for a few abstract shots.



    And then a short walk back to Waterloo to grab a bottle of red for the train ride home.



    A lovely day out in London. I hope you enjoyed it too.
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    Nice one !!!

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    Excellent. Nice to see the present growth of the UK threads in general.

    Well done:-ItsRobsLife

    Keep them coming.

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    Fantastic pics and thread Robski, I used to love going Convent gardens and watching the classical music performances here.



    I almost got into trouble with a few crackheads in the Punch and Judy pub once though, that was a messy day. I think it's called the Punch and Judy, is that right? The pub that overlooks the main street performance area?

    I'm going to enjoy going back there for a visit one day, if it wasn't for all the other shit, then what a fine city to live in. London, I love it!

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    excellent, much that i forgot exists, looking forward to my next visit...still only about 12 for the eye nowadays?

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    Still the greatest city on Earth; shame you need to be Chinthee rich to live there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    shame the people that live there.
    and the weather.

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    Great pictures and a good effoet.
    But London...Hated the place......Don't know why, must have been all those forced school trips visiting the art museums that killed any fondness for the English city.
    I felt better walking down Princes Street in Edinburgh than any street in London.

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    Very nice pictures. I like to see a bit of London, although Covent Garden is about the only place I miss with any affection. That's where I first saw the 'Opera Babes' busking. Great place for buskers. Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Still the greatest city on Earth; shame you need to be Chinthee rich to live there.
    Wow, I'm rich!

    If only.

    Great pics, had many days in town doing what you did. I always recommend the walk over Waterloo Bridge for the reasons you give. I now recommend the walk along the South Bank which you did but an itst-bitsy bit of!

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    Great thread. I havent been to London for years. Maybe I should take Mrs Ast for a weekend away to see the sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keda
    excellent, much that i forgot exists, looking forward to my next visit...still only about 12 for the eye nowadays?
    About 15 quid mate, depends on the date though.

    Great thread ItsRobsLife, London still is a great city, shame about some of the scum that have made it home though.

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    You know, I just came back to look at this thread again, fucking love it!

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    Spot on.. nice to do something a little creative.

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    I have never been to England and never had any real desire to go either. To read this thread and to see what can be seen in just one day of wandering around is amazing. I think London needs to be added on the 'places to visit' list.

    Thanks Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    I have never been to England and never had any real desire to go either. To read this thread and to see what can be seen in just one day of wandering around is amazing. I think London needs to be added on the 'places to visit' list.
    This is very true, I have never had any inclination to visit Australia, always seems such a big and vast country to me. However a walk round any of the big cities will soon unearth treasures especially if looked on with a new perspective.

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    Perhaps Props but Australian cities, beautiful that they are, don't have the history (apart from Sydney) that a city like London has.

    I hate driving around in new places just to go and see things. To be able to walk around London for a day or two and see so much is definitely a positive.

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    nice pics, it's like being there, the city is more beautiful than ever, it used to be dark and horrible back in the early 80s

    love that area a lot, covenant etc...


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    Remember seeing these dancing amongst the traffic when passing through London on leave in 1952.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    I have never been to England and never had any real desire to go either. To read this thread and to see what can be seen in just one day of wandering around is amazing. I think London needs to be added on the 'places to visit' list.

    Thanks Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkkmadness
    I think it's called the Punch and Judy, is that right? The pub that overlooks the main street performance area?
    Yes, you can nearly always get into trouble in the Punch and Judy
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    shame you need to be Chinthee rich to live there
    I'm skint but i manage just


    You should also go for a wander around Bayswater and Queensway in particular for a bit of people watching.

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    This is a great thread which has brought back fond memories of many trips to London that I used to make at weekends as I used to live only 25 miles away in Kent.

    When you get to know where to go you don't have to spend fortunes to enjoy it.

    My all time favourite landmark is St Paul's Cathedral which I used to make a point of driving by on my way home no matter where I had been in London.

    A truly awesome structure and breathtakingly beautiful especially at night.

    I am taking my wife for her first trip to England next summer when my daughter's first child is born.

    I cannot wait to show her the sights that I am priviledged to have seen on many occasions.

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    N1 Robbo, I am glad you enjoyed Covent Garden, the new(ish) stone colonade was a job I was involved in, annoys me greatly to see people eating sandwiches whilst sat on the bases of the columns.

    Good Luck wherever you are now

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    Cheers Moss, I'm alive and well and looking forward to your thread on the wonderful city of Oxford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    I have never been to England and never had any real desire to go either. To read this thread and to see what can be seen in just one day of wandering around is amazing. I think London needs to be added on the 'places to visit' list.
    You have got it right MM "A PLACE TO VISIT"

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