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Old May 13th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #1
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London is Awesome.

London is Awesome
May 2-4, 2009

The weekend of 2nd-4th of May was one of the few long weekends in the UK and therefore I decided to use the opportunity and visit London. Despite a cloudy and slightly rainy Monday the weather turned out to be very pleasant, so I brought home quite a few photos. Some of them turned out alright and so I'll show some of them here.

My first destination - Primrose Hill in the Northern part of the city. Even though it's just 78 metres above sea level, it provides nice panoramas towards the centre of the city.

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The skyscrapers of The City ir Canary Wharf look like they are in one cluster, although in reality there is around 4 km between those two areas.

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Next - Camden town, which is famous for its liberal atmosphere and popularity between fans of alternative culture. It was extremely busy with people, so I ended up taking very few photos, which I'm regretting now

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Next stop - Limehouse basin in Eastern London. This wharf used to be the gateway between river Thames and the vast network of canals in the UK. These days it's surrounded by residential buildings and full of recreational speedboats and barges.


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Limehouse cut.

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A residential building on the bank of river Thames.

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The view towards the City.

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Canary wharf. Internet's full of photos from here and photographers aren't very popular with the security anyway, so I don't stay here for too long.

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Benches next to the Tower of London.
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HMS Belfast and the sky above Western London.
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The last rays of sun are reflected in the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.

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The classic view of St. Paul's and the Millennium bridge.

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Looks like the lighting on Millennium bridge is designed for lighting people's Skechers

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Blackfriars bridge.

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Even though it's not Christmas, the trees between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges are full of little lights. Looks awesome.

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Benches with a spectacular view.

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Turbo.

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More to come. Stay tuned.

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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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Those are some very well processed photographs! Though I've seen these places in the flesh and on SSC before, you've managed to make them look new and exciting yet again for me - thank you!
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Old May 13th, 2009, 01:53 PM   #3
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Nice pictures!
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Old May 13th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #4
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Of course it is!
Nice shots.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 06:52 PM   #5
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London is awesome indeed; thanks for those photos Vaidas
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Old May 13th, 2009, 07:00 PM   #6
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Awesome indeed!
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Old May 14th, 2009, 11:24 AM   #7
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Hilton at the Paddington station.

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St. Mary's hospital. Probably the most impressive hospital building I've ever seen.

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Paddington basin, surrounded by newly constructed and under-contruction residential buildings.

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A little footbridge.

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Paddington station is right there.

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Even though the new buildings have great modern architecture...

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...turn around 180 degrees and you see this 60's monstrosity

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Elevated A40 road passes over the canal.

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Little Venice is where Regent's canal is joined by Paddington basin.

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Large part of A40 - actually has 2 levels.

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Hilton Metropole. Quite strange to see an expesive hotel in such location. On the one side you have a busy road, on the other - a huge building yard. You'd expect these rooms to have great noise isolation at £250 a night

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Next destination - Wembley stadium. The area itself is not vey special, apart maybe from the fact that absolute majority of residents are ethnical minorities. On my 1 km trek to the stadium the only caucasian people I saw were speaking Polish

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The arch of the stadium is massively impressive.

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I saw hundreds of posters with future renderings of the area surrounding the stadium, although in reality frome some sides it looks like this:

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Before and after the football games and concerts 90 000 people have to get in/out of the stadium, therefore it's accessible on 3 levels and from all around:

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Some kind of Sunday market right next to the stadium.

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A statue of Bobby Moore. He was the captain of the national team that won the World Cup of 1966.

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On my way to Greenwich I make a stop in Chinatown in Soho.

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A common target of discussion in Lithuania these days is the original spelling of street names and people's names in the passport. The opponents of original spelling often make an argument that "if we allow Poles to write their name with Polish characters then we also have to allow the Chinese to write their names in their characters".
Seems like this is not an issue in London

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2 angry stone lions are guarding some kind of a plaque.

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On my way to the platform in Tottenham Court Road tube station. Looks like the station hasn't had a renovation ever since it was built in 1900. To quote John, "they should just destroy London underground and build it again from scratch". In stations like this you kind of have to agree, then again there was something spooky but also very cool about this place

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Next bit will have some views from Greenwich.

Stay tuned.

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Old May 14th, 2009, 11:35 AM   #8
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^ Tottenham Court Road Tube station is currently being massively upgraded and expanded. I would advise being a little skeptical about John's statements on things like this. He has some incredibly philistine views on how best to develop cities.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 07:06 PM   #9
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Well executed shots of London. Very nice
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Great photographs! I'm going to London myself in july and am hoping to make some great photos too! Thanks for sharing.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #11
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Let's continue

London is Awesome
May 2-4, 2009

Part III

Greenwich is an area in Eastern London on the southern bank of river Thames.

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The main attraction of Greenwich waterfront - clipper ship Cutty Sark, which is being restored. Almost 2 years ago it suffered a big fire, which destroyed much of it.

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The buildings of the Royal Naval College.

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Greenwich park and the Royal Observatory.

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An awesome panorama spot on the top of hill.

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Observatory's yard is where the prime meridian goes (hence the Greenwich Mean Time). There's a long queue of people wanting to have their photo taken on the line

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I decided to check how accurate my GPS tracker is. The results were disappointing - 5 second error equals to around 100 metres at these latitudes. As I later found out, the prime meridian of the World Geodetic System which is used by GPS is slightly offset from the one in Greenwich (try going to the 0° 0' 0.00" spot in Google Maps ) and my tracker is actually quite accurate.

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The observatory from other angles.

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I decided to return to the viewpoint a bit later when there is a nice evening sky over the city.

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The chimneys of Greenwich power station caught my eye.

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There is a large jetty on river Thames which was used to transport coal to the station. At the moment the power station is fuelled by oil and gas.

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Decided to have a beer at Trafalgar Tavern.

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The beer is Staropramen, what the Brits call a "Premium lager", however, the glass is not very premium

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On the other hand, it's compensated by the sights.

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I decided to go closer to the power station. Lately I really started to like such old industrial buildings

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The Sun is nearing the horizon, so I decide to go back towards the viewpoint.

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The weather is simply awesome.

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The sunsets from this spot are very spectacular.

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I really wanted to take some pictures with the darker sky and full internal illumination of The City and Canary Wharf skyscrapers, but, as it turns out, the park closes at 20.45 and the security asks me to make my way towards the nearest exit. I take my last rushed shots.

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On the other hand, no-one is rushing me at the waterfront

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The entrance to the foot tunnel under the river joining Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs.

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wow thanks for a wonderful tour. Ab fab, I need a pint now.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:30 PM   #13
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Superb work my friend!
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Old May 17th, 2009, 04:48 AM   #14
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London is Awesome
May 2-4, 2009

Part IV


Unfortunately, Monday was cloudy and slightly rainy, therefore the views were not nearly as nice.

My first destination of the day - Knightsbridge area.

One of the largest and quite possibly the most famous department store in the World - Harrods. I had only seen it in the illustrations of their green carrier bags and packs of tea. It was quite surprising the building is actually red

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I thought I saw very few, if any, Ferraris on Saturday and Sunday and was quite surprised by that. I guess that was because I didn't go to Knightsbridge Here over half an hour I saw about a dozen of them, including one of the 400 Enzos

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The architecture of the Danish embassy is quite different from pretty much any building in the vicinity

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Dunno why, but I found Knightsbridge quite boring, therefore I decided to go East again Sloane Square tube station.

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The car park of some residential building in Canary Wharf. They do seem to love their Bentleys

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Even though the area has lately become a financial centre, there still are some remains of its past as a busy port

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Some apartments with quite a decent view

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The O2, aka "Millenium Dome"

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Some nasty looking apartments behind the elevated tracks of Docklands Light Railway. Didn't see them close up, but they looked much worse than even the worst soviet-era apartment blocks in Vilnius

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The roof near the Exhibition Centre of London (ExCeL)

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Last time I was here was 2 years ago. Nothing changed much in the royal Docks except for the weather which was way crappy this time.

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A pedestrian bridge in the docks is the perfect place for plane spotting at the London City ariport.

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The air traffic is quite intense - even though there is only one runway there are take-offs and landings every couple of minutes.

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The Thames Barrier. It regulates the flow of the river and protects the city from floods which can be caused by the severe weather in the English Channel.

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It is quite sad that such notices are needed

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There is a rather nice looking park right next to the barrier.

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A few shots of the Docklands Light Railway.

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Hope you liked the thread. Got some panoramas to show you as well.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 05:20 AM   #15
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cant wait till 2012!
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Old May 17th, 2009, 06:05 AM   #16
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Some really good photos here from some of my favorite locations
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Old May 17th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #17
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London is always amazing.
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Paddington architecture is amazing...and London is awesome
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LONDON is AWESMAZING
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