London: 13 June 2009

I will leave continental Europe on hold for the time being, and start uploading some of my London photos instead. This was my first full day out in London with the camera, and I explored the offerings along the south bank of the Thames.

First, are a few typical streets around my neighbourhood in Fulham. Very different to the suburban Perth landscape I had been accustomed to my whole life!

Next, onto the tube at Fulham Broadway, taking the District line to Embankment. Walking across the Hungerford bridge, to the south side of the Thames, brings you to the Jubilee Gardens and the London Eye.

Walking east along the Thames, there are lots of things to see and do. Street performers and a second hand book market are in this area, just near the Royal National Theatre. There are lots of families, young people, old people and anyone else who wants to enjoy the day hanging around here – I imagine the vibe would be quite different during the cold of winter.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, built in 1599. destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuit in 1614, demolished in 1644, and rebuilt, as closely as possible to the original, in 1997!

Heading east towards Southwark Cathedral and the Borough Market. The present market is the oldest food market in London, and has been in the same spot since 1755. There were other markets in the area before this, and there is evidence that the area was a place of trade from as early as 1014. I really like this market, as there is plenty of fresh produce to buy – both to take home and to eat as you browse. All sorts of good stuff you won’t find on your local high street!

Even further east, we reach London Bridge, which is full of tacky touristy things, some expensive apartments and the famous Tower Bridge.

Walking back west now, past some other interesting areas near the fancy apartments and assorted bits and pieces that escaped my eye the first time around.

Now we reach the Tate Modern. Now the most visited place in London, and it’s easy to see why. Such a varied wealth of modern art – and entrance is free! The Tate Modern is far to expansive to see in one day. Not only is the art amazing, but the old power station that houses the museum is a work of art in itself.

Peeking outside of this window, one can see the Millenium Bridge linking the Tate Modern to St Paul’s Cathedral. A rather symbolic way of linking and old landmark with a new one.

Heading back to where the day started, onto the tube at Westminster Station and back home for the day.

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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