Monday, February 28, 2011

One New Change

A lot of the London blogs I follow, including many of the City Daily Photo ones, have been featuring this new shopping center near St. Paul's Cathedral. It's called One New Change. Not sure why. I like this shot of St. Paul's reflected in the shining glass cathedral of consumerism. Oh, how desperately poetic.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Draperies, Furnishings, Boats?

I always notice this building on Camden High Street on my bus ride home but have never managed to grab a picture of it until now. The building doesn't hold this home furnishings company any more. I think there's an Argos there, probably an HSBC Bank, etc. But I like that they kept the rather pretty tile work in place. Too bad I had to snap this picture through the bus window and so it's not the best quality. Maybe when I have more time someday (and a bit of sun?), I'll stop back and shoot it again.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Roman Amphitheatre

The Roman Amphitheatre was discovered unexpectedly when the London Guildhall was building their new gallery. At first, they were a bit annoyed as it ruined their plans for an underground parking lot. But they've since turned it into one of the major attractions of the Art Gallery. The interpretation is interesting, to say the least, neon green gladiators and all.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Roman Wall

Hurrrrraayyy! My laptop is fixed! So I bring you a couple shots of Roman London.

This is a rather impressive bit of the London Wall that encircled most of the City in Roman times. You can find it around about Houndsditch way, I think.

Check us out tomorrow to see bits of the Roman amphitheatre in London.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Stonehenge #2

Argh! Getting a little desperate here, with my laptop still at the doctor's. I've got some great pictures of Roman London just waiting to be uploaded, but I can't do anything about it and it's kind of driving me crazy.

So bear with me while we continuing dipping into the archives....back to the neolithic period, in fact.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

V&A = Crystal Palace

The V&A Museum was founded partly with the immense earnings from the Great Exhibition of 1851. Though the Crystal Palace where the Exhibition took place burned down in the 1930s, there are bits of the current V&A building that are vaguely reminiscent of that once-great structure.

Friday, February 18, 2011


More archival footage. From that Great December Snowstorm of 2010. It was a bit hard to find your way around...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brick Lane, 2006

Laptop's on the fritz, so we're digging in to the archives. Well into the archives. This was taken on a vacation trip to London in 2006. Brick Lane market was entirely oustide then. On my recent trip back to the Sunday market a few weeks ago it's mostly moved indoors and there are far fewer random folk selling junk. It's much more organised, though a bit less charming as a result.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Buxton St

Near Brick Lane. About ten other people were taking this exact same photo at the same time as I was taking this one. However, I'm confident that mine turned out best.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Brick Lane food market

Pancake-y shaped things made from cabbage. At Brick Lane market of a Sunday.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spitalfields City Farm

There are a number of these city farms all over London, but this one--surprise surprise--is in Spitalfields.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

brighten this place up

A bit of graffiti or public art (depending on your opinion or politics) in Spitalfields.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011


This is a recreated World War I trench at the Imperial War Museum London. Quite freaky, actually, though the WWII Blitz experience is a bit kitsch.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

shaky or whimsy?

Though I couldn't stand still long enough for this to turn out the way I really wanted, I like to pretend the shakiness and particularly the multiple pairs of feet and red umbrellas adds a sense of urban whimsy to the shot. Pretend with me?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Communist Plot

And here is the most famous resident of Highgate Cemetery, the Founder of Modern Socalism and the Author of the Communist Manifesto, the man himself. I still can't believe he didn't know the Hammers was the nickname for West Ham United.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sanding the headstone

Quite a number of the newer graves in Highgate Cemetery are made from wood, which I thought was quite interesting -- in stark contrast to the heavy, imposing, we'll-be-here-forever stone mausolea of the late Victorian period. This one was being sanded down and cleaned up as I walked by.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Made my first trip to Highgate Cemetery this past weekend. A lovely sunny evening in a rather beautiful spot of town. Didn't manage to see the West Cemetery which is only open to the public on weekends and only by guided tour. Another time...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Trafalgar Fountain #2

The February Theme Day on City Daily Photo is "Fountains." So, voilà. One of the fountains in Trafalgar Square frames Big Ben in the distance.

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