London by the Midnight [Europe][England]

  • Date:  Dec 30 – Dec 31, 2008
  • Activity: Roaming London Central
  • Route: Random
  • Duration: 9pm – 4am
  • Walking Distance: around 7 miles

London Central by the Night

The tour of london started at the Paddington Station. I took an Express train from Heathrow to London Central for a whooping amount of 16pounds (1200Rs). The first shock was the numbing chill. The temperature was close to 1 degree celsius, the wind chill being lower. Luckily I had an extra sweater to warm me up. After buying a cap to keep my head warm to maintain my cool ;), I started to enquire about the best place to roam the night. All roads lead to London Central – a busy shopping area, which turn into a huge pub by the night. This shot was taken at 2am in the SOHO district, also famous for its gay and lesbian crowd.

Proof

Although London Central is company enough to explore it on foot, the cold was a deterring agent. Amazingly, the buses are efficient even throughout the night. Took a 20 min ride to the illustrious Tower Bridge. Alas, it was an obvious mistake – you dont see the bridge in it entirety from the bridge. I started walking towards another nearby bridge – London Bridge. Found this nice spot to take a self portrait in London. This is the only shot of me in London to prove my visit 😉

Tower Bridge from London Bridge

I first went over the Tower bridge, little did I realize that to get a good picture of a bridge I should not on it but looking at it from a distance. A walk of a kilometer and I was on the less famous London bridge to shoot on Tower bridge.

Big Ben

At one of the bus stands, waiting for the bus had a small talk with a student from Turkey. He had suggested I visit the London Eye and surrounding areas. This area included the Westminister Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace. A must visit for a tourist. Alas my tamron 17-50 was broken, this is the best I could nmanage with the good’ol 50mm

London Eye

Looking at the London Eye, from the westminister bridge. From wiki – The London Eye (Millennium Wheel) at a height of 135 metres (443 ft), is the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3 million people a year.

The Red Bus

The only traffic I saw were these red buses. This is a shot at the Trafalgar Square. Remember – Advance to Trafalgar Square. If you pass Go collect £200 . It was a pleasant experience to actually visit some of the places I visited as a child on a monopoly board – Trafalgar Square, Regents Street, Bond Street, Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Pall Mall 🙂

Buckingham Palace

I was in double minds to visit Buckingham Palace. It was near 4 am in the night, and I was exhausted numb from the cold. Moreover there were no buses that went near it. Finally decided to walk the extra mile and take this eerie shot of the Palace.