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I’ve Got a Golden Ticket !

I think this must have been one of the hottest weekends this year so far (well almost) and we were travelling down on the train from Northampton for a weekend stay in London. We had show tickets for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” showing at the Drury Lane Theatre on the Saturday evening. So not only were we looking forward to the show, but we had also booked into the “Premier Inn Hub“. For me being a self-confessed geek, well ever since my Sister in-law called me one this was exciting. I’ll let you view the link for more details, but basically not only is the room modern and almost space-age, most of, if not all of the room can be controlled with an app downloaded to your smart phone. Alternatively you can use the touch sensitive control panel that runs along the top of the bed.

Clearly being in London is also an opportunity to do some photography and to continue my exploration that I discovered on my previous visit which I blogged about in two previous posts here and here.

Similar to my previous visit I was intrigued with the mix of both new and old in the buildings. There were some modern sky scrappers, sat next to buildings which have been there for 100’s of years. We wandered across London from Trafalgar Square down to Parliament and along the Embankment down to Tower Bridge and Shad Thames. You can see from the selection of images below there was plenty of subject matter to capture.

We are going underground
We are going underground
Trafalgar Square | City of Westminster
Trafalgar Square | City of Westminster

The image above of Trafalgar Square was taken on the Sunday morning, hence you can see some of the pavement. On the Saturday when we arrived, you couldn’t move for people visiting the area. The image is made up of six separate shots and stitched together using the inbuilt tool within Lightroom. It would be nice to go back some time and capture a similar scene with no people in at all.

We also stumbled on the RideLondon event that was passing through and going up the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. This has two advantages. Firstly a number of the main roads around the area had been closed off to general traffic. This gave us the ability to wander around a bit more freely, without constantly worrying about the next car coming along. It also gave the feeling of more space as well. Secondly I was able to capture some images of the race and I made a effort to make sure I not only captured the cyclists, but with an iconic landmark of London included.

Cyclists in the RideLondon event
Cyclists in the RideLondon event
55 Whitehall
55 Whitehall

The building above was used in the Sherlock Holmes TV series on BBC staring Benedict Cumberbatch. But also in the James Bond film Skyfall. See I told you I was a geek!

Battle of Britain Monument
Battle of Britain Monument

The image from above is part of the “Battle of Britain” memorial along Victoria Embankment, overlooking the River Thames. Below is an image of St Pauls Cathedral captured as a reflection in one of the ornate sculptures across from the Cathedral.

St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral
Decorated on the door at the Canadian High Commission
Decorated on the door at the Canadian High Commission
The Walkie-Talkie and Gherkin buildings.
The Walkie-Talkie and Gherkin buildings.
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge

So finally, not only had we stopped for a “beer break” alongside the Thames sat in the the glorious sunshine. But we also got to see Tower Bridge raise to let a boat through. Something I’ve never seen before.

Again an enjoyable trip into London with lots of photo opportunities. For those who know London, you will also know that all the images above are not necessarily in the order of our walk. But they do certainly represent a selection of the things we saw over the weekend.

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