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A few favourite places

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I'm trying to see as much of London as possible, so walking has become a favourite pastime. I don't always remember the camera, but here's some recent shots I took while rambling around.

First, more of the Hampstead Heath to the north of my place. There's a really lovely tucked-away garden and pergola, part of the grounds of the mansion built by Lord Leverhulme (founder of Unilever, ie. Sunlight detergent), which later become the home of Lord Inverforth. Now it is luxury flats. But the garden is open to the public - it is not within the main space of Hampstead Heath so doesn't get as many visitors. A real find.

Inverforth House, West Heath

Inverforth House, West Heath


Pergola, West Heath

Pergola, West Heath


Pergola, West Heath

Pergola, West Heath


Pergola, West Heath

Pergola, West Heath


Pergola, West Heath

Pergola, West Heath


Orange berries, Hill Garden, West Heath

Orange berries, Hill Garden, West Heath


Purple berries, West Heath

Purple berries, West Heath


Pergola, West Heath

Pergola, West Heath


Hill Garden, West Heath

Hill Garden, West Heath


Pergola, West Heath

Pergola, West Heath

Within Hampstead is a little parish cemetery that's a little overgrown but interesting to visit (not quite as wild as Highgate Cemetery which I have to revisit and get some photos to share). I particularly love the holly all around the area (not mistletoe as I was calling it) and many streets are named for it.
Parish cemetery, Hampstead

Parish cemetery, Hampstead


Creepy tree, parish cemetery, Hampstead

Creepy tree, parish cemetery, Hampstead


Hampstead cemetery - holly

Hampstead cemetery - holly


Hampstead lane

Hampstead lane

Also near my place is a striking street called Eton Avenue. It was once part of an estate owned by Eton College, covering what's now Regent's Park, Primrose Hill, Swiss Cottage and Belsize Park. I usually walk along here at least once a week to a little farmer's market with great coffee plus it ends at the Swiss Cottage tube station which is a handy alternative to my own depending where I'm headed. Most of these seem to be split into flats but a few look like they are still one entire home.
Eton Avenue house

Eton Avenue house


Eton Avenue

Eton Avenue


Eton Avenue house

Eton Avenue house

On Hallowe'en day I did a long, roundabout walk from Bloomsbury through Soho, down to Mayfair and St James Palace, through St James Park and passed through the Horse Guards building onto Whitehall and up to Trafalgar Square. Surprisingly it doesn't take that long - the city is much more compact than it seems on the maps.
Bedford Square, Bloomsbury

Bedford Square, Bloomsbury


St James Palace

St James Palace


St James Park

St James Park


The Mall, near St James Palace

The Mall, near St James Palace


St James Park

St James Park


Horse Guards building

Horse Guards building

Then I hopped a bus out to Tower Hill, crossed the bridge and got some shots of it being lifted to let a dinner cruiser pass through just before it got too dark (at 4:30! daylight savings happened today for us.) The bridge has been getting spiffed up for the Olympics and looks sharp.
North tower

North tower


Middle section of Tower Bridge

Middle section of Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge from Shad Thames (south bank)

Tower Bridge from Shad Thames (south bank)


Opening the bascules

Opening the bascules


The Dixie Queen under Tower Bridge

The Dixie Queen under Tower Bridge

The area north and south of the Tower of London features some of the most memorable modern architecture, and will soon have its newest building The Shard lording over it all. It will be over 300 metres tall and look like this - I'm captivated by it even at the halfway stage.
View of the Tower of London and the Gherkin (Swiss Re) from Tower Bridge

View of the Tower of London and the Gherkin (Swiss Re) from Tower Bridge


City Hall and the Shard under construction

City Hall and the Shard under construction


City Hall complex

City Hall complex

Only a few steps away, the well-preserved streets and warehouses of Butlers Wharf now hold upscale flats and restaurants - but the view is free.
Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf

Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf


Butlers Wharf

Butlers Wharf

More to come...

Posted by hdparker 13:33 Archived in United Kingdom

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