The South Bank Show . . . .

Sunday 8th September 2013

(As always, feel free to click on any image to view a hi-res version or slideshow)

Starting at Brent Cross, A trip down the Northern Line (which was unusually busy today) brought us to Embankment, a regular starting-point for our walks around the Capital.

Embankment Tube Station

Embankment Tube Station

 After a quick caffeine boost whilst sat outside Costa, during which I spotted an absolutely huge rat scuttling between rubbish bins, We made our way over to the South Bank, via the Jubilee footbridge.

Embankment, From Jubilee Footbridge

Embankment, From Jubilee Footbridge

First things first once we were on the South side of the river – BEANOTOWN ! ! This exhibition of original artwork, memorabilia and fun stuff, all concerning the Beano comic, was something I’d been looking forward to seeing – last time we were in the vicinity it was later in the day and the exhibition had closed. I loved reading the Beano as a kid and wandering around looking at the marvellous collection of front covers and original artwork made me feel 7 years old again. The Beano Les Paul guitar, based on the front cover of the John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers Album, was also nice to see.

Afterwards, wandering around the vicinity, we discovered a bunch of market stalls selling a wide range of street foods. Much time was spend sampling a variety of delicacies, including salami, chorizo, crepes, Turkish wraps and my personal favourite – spicy Cajun Chicken with rice – delicious ! !

After all that food a good walk was required, to burn off a few calories, so we threaded our way back towards the Royal Festival Hall and headed off downstream. Along the way we passed numerous stalls selling books, clothing, makeup, perfumes and of course food. There was no shortage of street entertainment either, from the usual skateboarders, dancers and musicians to the unusual things such as a man blowing large and intricate soap bubbles, a headless couple with brollies, and a man playing a flame-throwing tuba ! !

Arriving at the Millennium Footbridge we stopped to fire off the now customary “Tourists walking across the bridge with St. Pauls in the background” shots :

Millennium Footbridge

Millennium Footbridge

Millennium Footbridge

Millennium Footbridge

That done, we then crossed over said bridge onto the North bank of The Thames, stopping midway to photograph The Shard and The “Walkie-Talkie”, or “The Killer Tower Block Of Old London Town”, as I’ve dubbed it . . . .

Millennium Bridge Panorama

Millennium Bridge Panorama

The Shard In Evening Sun

The Shard In Evening Sun

St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Pauls Cathedral From Millennium Footbridge

The sun was setting by now (Autumn is well under way….) and it was getting rather chilly, so after stopping off for a drink at the Blackfriar pub we took the Circle line from Blackfriars to Embankment, where I had chance to capture a few images of the warren of tunnels as we waited for our train. I was particularly pleased with the Mono images – the low, dingy light levels in the tunnels of the Underground seem to lend themselves well to monochrome :

Embankment Tube Station Steps

Embankment Tube Station Steps

Embankment Tube Station

Embankment Tube Station

Embankment Tube Station Tunnel

Embankment Tube Station Tunnel

Embankment Tube Station Tunnel

Embankment Tube Station Tunnel

Embankment Tube Station Platform

Embankment Tube Station Platform

Embankment Tube Station Platform Sign

Embankment Tube Station Platform Sign

Once we were sat on the train we thought our photography for the day was over. Not so – we were informed by the driver via Tannoy that the train was terminating at Golders Green. No problem – we’d hop off at Chalk Farm and hop on the next train, 10 minutes behind. Chalk Farm station was very quiet and I managed to capture a few more Mono images :

Train Leaving Chalk Farm...

Train Leaving Chalk Farm…

Train Leaving Chalk Farm...

Train Leaving Chalk Farm…

I was particularly pleased with these images also – the graininess caused by having to set the camera to high ISO seemed to enhance the photographs, whereas in colour it would look ugly, possibly ruining the shots. As our train pulled alongside the platform I fired off a couple more shots – the obligatory “Station Sign” shot and a Mirror selfie.

Chalk Farm Sign

Chalk Farm Sign

Self Portrait, Chalk Farm

Self Portrait, Chalk Farm

Then we boarded, looking forward to reaching Brent Cross, where the car was waiting to carry us home for a well-earned supper of Chorizo & Mozzarella wraps, and leftover pasta from last night – Yum Yum ……

Brent Cross Underground Sign

Brent Cross Underground Sign

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About stevieboy378

In my 50th year. I'm a keen cyclist, walker, photographer, musician, TV watcher, XBox gamer, and all-round couch potato....
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5 Responses to The South Bank Show . . . .

  1. suse3 says:

    I really enjoyed reading that post! You strolled around one of my favourite parts of London and the photos really made me remember my last visit there in July (including the guys who produces the giant soap bubbles much to the delight of the kids chasing after them!)
    Thank you! 🙂

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