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.
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.
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 :
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 . . . .
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 :
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 :
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.
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 ……
- Architects sketch a new space for South Bank skaters (theguardian.com)
- On the South Bank. (1) (thelondoncolumn.com)
- South Bank becomes capital’s rising star as developers commit billions to makeover (theacademyvauxhall.wordpress.com)
- Skateboarders Mobilize As Art Center Tries To Reclaim Cavern (wnyc.org)
- Street Art on the South Bank Celebrating Street Culture (inspiringcity.com)
- New £1m skatepark to replace Southbank’s undercroft? Not interested, say skateboarders (standard.co.uk)