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Since my previous thread popped its clogs thanks to Tinypic being disabled, I decided to start a new thread. However this one will feature photos from my travels in the UK as well. So let's go! :)

London Skyline from ArcelorMittal Orbit - the red sculpture thingy in Stratford designed by Anish Kapoor. In the foreground we can see the curious little hipster world of Hackney Wick, which is full of bars serving craft beers, cafes covered in graffiti as well as light industrial units and fancy flats. Beyond is the East End and City with its skyscrapers.



Canary Wharf from the same red thingy.



Canary Wharf with the O2 arena in the foreground (note the people on the roof) and the Heron Tower in the background. The tiny little houses on the rivers edge sit in Coldharbour - a narrow street which is "the sole remaining fragment of the old hamlet of Blackwall, and one of the last examples of the narrow streets which once characterised the river's perimeter". Apparently Nelson stayed at No.3 during a fleet refit.



Canary Wharf and the city - a wider view taken from the Emirates Cable Car.



Bow Creek in Canning Town. Did you know London had a lighthouse? No? Well now you do! It was built in 1864 by James Douglass and was used as a testing place for the network of lighthouses maintained by Trinity House. It sits surrounded by so called Container City - a group of studios and offices for the creatives.

 

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The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre - part of London School of Economics. Designed by O'Donnell and Tuomey Architects it is a curious building set inside the intricate medieval street plan just off Kingsway. Which explains why it is so difficult to get a decent shot of the building, indeed it is best appreciated from the surrounding buildings. In the background we can see the famous Old Curiosity Shop immortalised by Charles Dickens and dating to the 16th Century.



86 Brook Street a fancy block of flats in the exclusive area of Mayfair. Don't even want to know how much the flats go for here...Looks nice though...



Abbey Road in Stratford, East London with its terraced housing and late Victorian school.



Karamsar Gurdwara in Ilford, East London. It is a Sikh temple which was carved out of pink sandstone in Rajasthan and then shipped here. There's a few more beautiful Indian temples in the area.



Karamsar Gurdwara again.



St Mary’s Church in Ilford. A late Victorian building, it is located not far from the Sikh temple seen above and in close proximity there are three more churches, which testifies to how densely populated this area once was.



The Cauliflower Gin Palace a late Victorian pub also in Ilford. It stood abandoned for many years but was restored and brought back to life in 2014 and since then reopened as a pub and live music venue. It was since listed as well. The interiors are a must see.

 

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Now a little trip to Hastings. The town is probably the most famous for the battle of the same name - it was here that Normans began their conquest of Anglo-Saxon England. The town situated just a short distance from France has long been an important trading port and while its importance has diminished over the years it still has Europe's largest beach-based fishing fleet. Hastings itself is divided into two parts - the timber-building-filled Old Town sits in a narrow valley squeezed in by two rocky outcrops - one hosting Hastings Castle and the other Hastings funicular, and the Victorian New Town situated just to the west of the Castle. Today it is a faded resort albeit with growing artist community.

Hastings from around Hastings Castle. We can see the curious topography of the town nicely from here.



Hastings from the same place as above just slightly zoomed in. Hastings has a large population of aggressive seagulls, we watched in amusement as a group of German high-schoolers were attacked and robbed of their snacks by a bunch of thugy birds! Just in the left corner we can see St Clements Church - rebuilt in early C15 after the French raid of 1377.



Hastings from the East Hill (the one with funicular) we can see the spot from which the first two photos were taken in the background.



Hastings from the East Hill again. In the distance we can see St Clements Church.



All Saints Church from the East Hill. "The church was built in 1436 and was more than likely erected on the site of a much earlier church building. It is very similar to the much older St Clements Church with its perpendicular architecture. All Saints is often referred to as the 'upper church' and St Clements as the 'lower church'." It has a rather extensive graveyard!



The High Street of Hastings. As previously mentioned Hastings has great many medieval buildings. It is also interesting to note that the street furniture such as lamp posts are of Victorian and similar vintage.



The High Street has another curious feature - the raised pavement which I haven't seen anywhere else and the history and purpose of which completely eludes me!




All Saints Street is home to the oldest buildings in Hastings - some dating all the way back to 1450. There would have been even older buildings still surviving, if it wasn't for the French Raid of 1339 during which they burnt the entire town to the ground! The English soon responded and done the same to Ault and Le Tréport.



All Saints Street and wonderfully ancient house with curious windows looking like they belong in a monastery or similar building. Maybe recycling from nearby Battle Abbey?

 
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