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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:17 PM   #1
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My London

In this thread I will post photos I've taken in London, where I've lived since 2005.

Occasionally I (re)visit tourist hotspots but most photos in here will be from lesser known suburbs; having "seen the sights" on childhood visits here, I've not been very interested in photographing them since I moved here. I'll try and show typical streets and areas where people live, work, shop and relax, although I particularly tend to focus on various things including the tube, trains, and mass transport; parks, woodlands, etc and wildlife; rivers and canals, boats and bridges; churches, temples, mosques etc; and historically or visually interesting buildings of any kind. And, given the forum we're on, skyscrapers and construction/development, obviously.

Hat tip to SE9's marvellous thread London: A World Capital for inspiration - I will loosely copy his pattern of posting a handful of shots per 'location', with snippets of wikipedia info for context, but with a rather slower pace, and lower quality threshold, and the addition of personal ramblings.

Alphabetical index of areas covered so far:

Code:
Battersea  - - - - - - - - - - - page 4, 5, 6
    Battersea Park   - - - - - - page 7
    Battersea Power Station  - - page 8
Berrylands - - - - - - - - - - - page 24
Blackfriars  - - - - - - - - - - page 24
Canbury (North Kingston) - - - - page 18
Clapham Junction - - - - - - - - page 4
Coombe - - - - - - - - - - - - - page 26
Ham & Petersham  - - - - - - - - page 28, 29
Kingston - - - - - - - - - - - - page 15, 16, 17
New Malden - - - - - - - - - - - page 19
Norbiton - - - - - - - - - - - - page 18, 19
Putney - - - - - - - - - - - - - page 1, 2
Putney Vale  - - - - - - - - - - page 13
Richmond - - - - - - - - - - - - page 26, 27, 28
    Richmond Park  - - - - - - - page 29, 30
River Hogsmill - - - - - - - - - page 24
Roehampton - - - - - - - - - - - page 14
South Bank - - - - - - - - - - - page 22, 23
Southfields  - - - - - - - - - - page 9
Surbiton - - - - - - - - - - - - page 25, 26
Wandsworth Town  - - - - - - - - page 2, 3
Waterloo - - - - - - - - - - - - page 20, 21
Wimbledon
    Wimbledon Common - - - - - - page 13
    Wimbledon Park - - - - - - - page 11  
    Tennis Championships - - - - page 10, 11
    Town - - - - - - - - - - - - page 11, 12
    Village  - - - - - - - - - - page 12
    Windmill - - - - - - - - - - page 13
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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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PUTNEY
• LONDON BOROUGH OF WANDSWORTH • SW15 • ZONE 2/3
• 5.1 MILES (8.2 KM) SW OF CHARING CROSS
• PUTNEY ON WIKIPEDIA


Where better to start than at home, which in my case is Putney.



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City and Canary Wharf from East Putney by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Putney, from Wikipedia, "is a district in south-west London, UK, located in the London Borough of Wandsworth." It is situated on south bank of the Thames, opposite Fulham.

On the borders of TfL zone 2/3, Putney is a fairly affluent suburb. In a nutshell, I would guess it is mostly percieved by Londoners as "pleasant but quiet" (arguably boring), and having lived and worked here for years I couldn't really disagree. It's not somewhere with cutting-edge nightlife, modern architecture or exciting attractions - you're rather unlikely to visit as a tourist.

However, it does nonetheless have some nice buildings, streetscapes, parks and associated historical trivia/claims to fame.

So let's have a look around...
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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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As mentioned above, Putney sits on the Thames, and two bridges cross to Fulham here.

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Rippled clouds over Putney Bridge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

On the left, Putney Bridge (road), on the right, Fulham Railway Bridge.

Putney Bridge was the second bridge to be built across the Thames in London (after London Bridge), finished in 1729. Various theories abound as to its construction being due to royal or notables being inconvenienced by the ferry when returning from Kingston or hunting in Richmond Park.

Damaged by the collision of a river barge in 1870, the bridge was replaced with the current structure designed by civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette as a five-span structure, built of stone and Cornish granite (Bazalgette also designed London's sewerage system, and the bridge forms part of this system). It opened in 1886.

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Putney Bridge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Putney Bridge with Osiers Road u/c by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Pedestrian on Putney Bridge #2 by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Fulham Railway Bridge opened in 1889 and carries the Underground's District Line (Wimbledon Branch) between Putney Bridge station (actually in Fulham) and East Putney station.

It also has a footpath, thus being the only bridge in London shared between tube trains and pedestrians.

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Langham Sq u/c from Fulham Railway Bridge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:40 PM   #4
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Next to Putney Bridge is Putney Pier.

Mostly private/pleasure boats are moored here, though commuter riverboat services run from here to the City during the week.


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Late evening Putney Pier by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

It looks nice at sunset.

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Sunset from Putney Bridge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

The dominant use of the Thames at Putney Embankment, though, is rowing. More than twenty rowing clubs are based here, and the famous (Oxford vs Cambridge) University Boat Race has started from just upstream of Putney Bridge since 1845.

Not shown here: the Boat Race. I have watched that from the riverbank, but they flash past in seconds; as someone with no great skills in sports/action photography, it's more suitable as a drinking occasion than a photographic one.

I have no idea what occasion or event this was.

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Rowing en masse, Putney by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:44 PM   #5
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From Putney Embankment you can see Wembley Stadium's arch.

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Birds on the Thames at Putney Embankment by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Sunset Wembley arch from the Thames at Putney by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Beyond the Embankment, the Thames banks are unbuilt and wooded to Hammersmith Bridge, and popular with joggers and cyclists.

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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:52 PM   #6
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Putney Bridge is allegedly the only bridge in Britain with a church at both ends.

Seen on the left in the photo below, All Saints Church, Fulham sits on the north side. To the right, St Mary's, Putney.

In 1647, St Mary's was the site of the Putney Debates during the English Civil War, discussing the future constitution of England.

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Putney High Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Here are some other churches from around Putney.

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Putney Baptist Church by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Putney Methodist Church by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Polish RC church, Putney by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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All Saints Church, Putney by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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st. margarets church by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Some typical residential streets in East Putney, showing the mix of prewar houses with newer blocks of flats.

My current flat is actually visible somewhere in this lot

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Disraeli Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Rayner's Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Mercier Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Rose Garden, Heath Ride - before by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Snowy Putney by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Snowy Putney by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Lytton Grove by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 18th, 2014, 10:04 PM   #8
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Putney High Street isn't great, to be honest. The shops are the usual range of chain stores, and it's always clogged with traffic.

Change is afoot, though. The main shopping centre is getting rebuilt and extended, and the council is planting trees, changing the road layout and so on to try and improve things. I hope it works.

Putney Exchange as it was:

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Putney Exchange - before development by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Knock it all down:

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Putney Exchange demo by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Putney Exchange demo by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Build it back up:

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Putney Exchange redevelopment by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Putney Exchange by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Putney High Street is the main road running North-South, and it meets Upper Richmond Road running East-West in a crossroads with Putney Hill.

The Upper Richmond Road isn't a contender to win anyone's "Favourite Street" award, either, being lined with architecturally unlovely office blocks in the 60s. Again though, change is underway, more dramatically, as most of these blocks are being knocked down and replaced with office/resi midrises. Although not architecturally mindblowing, they are generally better than their predecessors, and taller, so the feeling of this street will change a lot in the next few years. I have a thread about it in the London forums if anyone's really interested.

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Looking toward Brentford over roofs of Upper Richmond road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Upper Richmond Road looking east - "before" by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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113 Upper Richmond Road "before" by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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113 URR - scaffolding up by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Putney Plaza - before by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Langham Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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113 Upper Richmond Road demo by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Demolition complete by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Tower crane removal from Langham Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Tower crane removal from Langham Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Tower crane removal from Langham Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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I used to work in one of these office blocks, and enjoyed a pretty awesome view towards central london. I could see the City, Shard and Canary Wharf, London Eye, Houses of Parliament (with a zoom lens, at least), Battersea Power Station, Wembley Stadium...

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london panorama by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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london panorama (city) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Crane recovery at St George Tower (distant) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Looking North-West-ish to Wembley by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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London skyline on a cold Febuary night by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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One of the new midrise apartment blocks on Upper Richmond Road rising above a nice example of one of Putney's older residential streets

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Langham Square u/c from Wadham Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Langham Square from Wadham Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Putney Hill slopes gently from the end of Putney High Street up to Putney Heath.

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Bus on snow-dusted Putney Hill by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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From the residential streets off Putney Hill, if you know the right spot, you can catch a glimpse of the Shard.

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Sunrise and Shard from Rusholme Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Great, very nice photos from London @stevekeiretsu
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Nice pictures! Seems like a great place to live.
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Great thread! I must take more time to explore south west London.
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Putney is served by both the Underground (District Line) and national rail services to/from Waterloo: these services, it should be said, are not usually steam trains.

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In 2012 Putney station was the 32nd busiest in the uk with 10.8m passengers, more than Newcastle, York, Sheffield or Nottingham.

The station is currently being enlarged, with the addition of lifts to platforms.

Putney is between Barnes and Wandsworth Town stations. Services to Waterloo take 15-20 minutes via Clapham Junction & Vauxhall.

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After crossing the Thames, the District line cuts through East Putney on an embankment with a series of bridges, arriving at East Putney station on Upper Richmond Road.

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Langham Square above East Putney tube by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

From the platforms of East Putney station, you can just make out the Leadenhall building and the Gherkin.

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Leadenhall building from East Putney tube platform by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

South of the station, the line enters a short tunnel under West Hill on its way towards Southfields.

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