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Photos of London

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Photos of London

I took these photos this past February, on a 4 night mid-winter trip to London. Airfares were cheap, the pound was down, who could resist? I will be doing something similar next week - airfares are not down but I will earn double miles on United, pound is going back up again - oh well - and this upcoming trip will be only 3 nights. I do expect marginally better weather though.

I spent a large part of this trip just walking. Jetlag be damned (the first day for me is always a killer but I walked no less than 6 miles and likely closer to 8 the first day) and rain and chill be damned - I spent most of the days outdoors, taking chill-breaks in museums and sit-down meals (and nice hot shower before dinner). I rarely took the tube or bus, instead, when I got sick of walking I raised my hand and the magic cab would arrive to whisk me to the next stop.

It was surprising to see the number of people sitting at cafe tables outside despite the chill. Throughout Covent Garden and Soho I saw a lot of people bundled up and sipping their coffees or beers at outdoor tables. Look out Paris!

These photos show some of my trail over the days. The Strand, Fleet Street, St. Paul's, Millennium Bridge, South Bank up to Westminster Bridge, Borough Market, Royal Horseguards, Cabinet War Rooms, Trafalgar Square including a few by night (I took my tripod) and finally the Changing of the Guard. I haven't watched that since my first visit to London in 1993. My last half-day in town was sunny and 60 (it figures) so I wandered over to the British Museum around the corner from my hotel until my cab arrived a little after noon. This time I'm going to stretch my cab-time to 1 PM so I can fit in a London Walks at Westminster Abbey that Monday morning.

I hope you like the photos. Enjoy.

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1. Re: Photos of London

Wow

Wonderful pictures...

I am traveling there later this week.

What type of camera do you shoot?

I just got a Canon 50d.

Again WOW Wonderful pictures....

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Wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing!

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3. Re: Photos of London

Very nice! Professional quality photos.

Thanks!

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4. Re: Photos of London

What they all said. Terrific pictures - thanks for sharing them!

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love the photos, i did a day trip 3 weeks ago and they make me want to go back

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6. Re: Photos of London

Lovely photos! I hope to take a few of that caliber when I'm in London in November but I have a feeling I'll have to take 100 pictures to get even one that good.

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Wow, thank you everyone! I am glad you liked them.

Believe me, I take tons of photos. I figured it would be boring to post them all though. I take several of the same scene just to make sure one comes out and pick the one I like the best.

My two favorites are the Griffin on Strand Street (guarding the City of London) and one of the ones taken from the National Gallery looking down Whitehall. I took the same viewpoints several years ago but with a P&S camera that was current for the time but clearly nothing compared to what they sell now. In fact the last time I took the Whitehall shot, there was still traffic running in front of the National Gallery - it was not pedestrianized.

I have a Canon 30D and I use a 24-105 F4L IS lens (Canon).

50D, now that is a nice camera!

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8. Re: Photos of London

Great photos! Nice sporran!

BTW, its 'Strand', not Strand Street. Strand means beach - its where the river used to reach...

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It's not a griffin!!! Doesn't have a beak, doesn't have feathers.

It's a City of London dragon guarding the border of the City. Admittedly it doesn't look like standard European dragon. probably something to do with evolution.

Great photos.

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Thanks!

I wrote The Strand, and Fleet Street. Not Strand Street. ;-)