Monday, October 20, 2008

Autumnal City

Some glorious Autumn light in Trafalgar Square lifted this picture of St Martins in the Field.

I love this little pub. It's called The Albert on Victoria Street and it's somehow managed to survive while all around has turned to glass and steel. I've walked past it a hundred times but I've never been inside the place. Ah well, no hurry. I suspect it'll be around forever.

Parliament Square with the Palace of Westminster at right and the London Eye peeping above the chimneys of the building that used to be Scotland Yard (now parliamentary offices).

A fantastic old door and a view across the Thames towards Canary Wharf - the tallest building in the UK - and the City, London's financial district.

And, lastly, an unusual view of the Swiss Re Building - better known as the Erotic Gherkin - and some of the more traditional buildings around it.

19 comments:

Protege said...

Very interesting photographs. I particularly like the one of the old pub among the modern buildings. We have a similar setting in the city where I live and I find the contrasts intriguing.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.:)

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Argh some very nice piccies as a reminder of home at this lovely time of year

Stevyn Colgan said...

Protege - Thanks! And thank you for popping over to visit me too. x

Janet said...

Stevyn,

Once again, I'm enjoying your photos. But I have a couple of special favorites. WHERE did you find that old door? It could have come from New Mexico (or "Old Mexico", as some of my relatives call the country) or Spain or Morocco. Fabulous color, isn't it? And I love the contrast of the curves and angles in the final photo. It's an angle on the "Gherkin" that I've never managed to capture before.

I STILL need to post my Greenwich photos. I promise I will this week...although they are merely snapshots.

Janet

Stevyn Colgan said...

Sarah - Is it still 'home'? Or is it just England? I only ask as I've lived outside of Cornwall for longer than I lived in it but I still cal it home. Weird eh?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Janet - The old door was on a lock-up garage up an alley on the Isle of Dogs and was used to store an equally tatty old boat. Like you, I just loved the colour of the peeling paint and the general state of disrepair. As for the Gherkin, I took around 30 shots from the base of the building looking up and this one was the most interesting. Well, that's what I think anyway. I did take some similar shots before. See here.

Anonymous said...

Ah-hem, not to be pedantic, but Canary Wharf is not the tallest building in the UK. It's the area on which the tallest building rests (One Canada Square). Canary Wharf houses some of the newest, shiniest (and of late, emptiest) tower blocks in the UK... So there.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Anon - You're quite correct. I merely used the 'common' name of Canary Wharf, as 'One Canada Square' means nothing to most people. As we all know, Big Ben is a bell and not a clock tower, The Dome should be referred to the O2 Arena, the Erotic Gherkin is the Swiss Re Building and the Post Office Tower lost its association with Royal Mail decades ago.

Excellent pedantry! We encourage and salute it here.

BTW, I'm starting to suspect that 'Anonymous' is an amalgam of people; a gestalt entity. All very mysterious ...

Debby said...

First clue:

This anonymous knows your 'neck of the woods'.

Second clue:

I'd guess that he's someone who knows you, but not extraordinarily well. Your friends seem to enjoy giving you guff, shamelessly providing their names.

Third clue:

The polite cough at the beginning...throat problem? A smoker?

I enjoyed your pictures, and autumn in London. I love the old and the new, time coming all together. Thanks.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - Hmmm ... we'll make a detective of you yet. To add to your excellent deductions I'd also suggest that the writing style is different for each comment suggesting there's more than one of them ...

Debby said...

Oh, right. I meant this one in particular. For the sake of clarification, we'll refer to him as Anon 1. I'll let YOU make the list, you being a copper and all....

:^D

Katie said...

I am on a quest to find architecture that beautiful here in Dallas. I think I will fail.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - I'm on it ...

Lump - Trust me , London has its share of architectural horrors. The 1960s were particularly barren times where men in suits fell in love wth concrete and built vast housing estates and high rise blocks of flats without ever once considering what it would be like to live in such a place. We're paying the price for that now. Perhaps I'll post a few of London's horror spots too, just for a sense of balance. x

Debby said...

No. Don't post the horror spots. Allow us our fantasies...
Well, me, at least. Let me have my fantasies (ala Peter Pan...)

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - Maybe you're right. Fantasy is good. Urban decay is not so good. x

Tony E said...

I know most of those places very well and I drove past that pub just a few hours ago. Unlike you I have been in that pub, but that was so long ago some may say the pub was still young back then :)

I am now tempted me to take my camera to work. The building I work in may be a blot on the landscape, but it has got some good views across Lambeth Palace to Westminster Palace. I'm sure at some point you've seen those same views as we do have the same employer.

ps I am not anonymous

Stevyn Colgan said...

Tony - By definition 'Tony' is not terribly anonymous so I didn't suspect you. He/she/it is still out there ... lurking ... mcoking me ...

willow said...

I want to go to The Albert!! He is adorable. And still right there after all these years, with his new brothers grown up around him.
Whenever I make it to London, you are meeting me there for a drink!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Willow - It's a date!