Took a last minute trip up to London Winter Wonderland , here are a few images of our day out. Really would like to make a trip up here just for photography, maybe next year!Read More
Just got back from a quick trip to London with my wife. I booked the hotel a couple of weeks ago to take my wife out for a Valentines Day trip and a evening out. This is the Second time we have stayed at this hotel, which we are both so impressed with. The customer care you receive on arrival is very good where nothing is to much trouble. Check in is not until 14:00hrs although we arrived just after 11:00, hoping to at least be able to leave out luggage while we headed out for some lunch. However on arrival we were told that our room was all ready and we could go straight up.
As you can see from the above image , the room is a fair size, the huge flower is actually a door to the wardrobe , following around , you have a small kitchen area with Tea/Coffee facilities and a sink. A microwave and fridge are also provide. Then you come to the door for the bathroom beyond which is a seating area with table and a second wall mounted tv. Great hotel and highly recommend it if you want a good , centrally located hotel. This is directly opposite Westminster and Big Ben.
In the Evening we had a nice walk down to the Southbank. Walked along from Westminster all the way up to Tower Bridge . On the way back we stopped of for Dinner at a Pub by Blackfriars Bridge called Doggetts Coat and Badge . Nice pub with a restaurant upstairs over looking the Thames, great views and a nice meal.
Took this image of MI6, The Secret Intelligence Service building, London,England ,on a recent trip to Tate Britain, which is literally two min walk away. I took my mini tabletop tripod and some filters as i knew i wanted to shoot this location while i was here. The sky on the day was less than interesting and was pretty overcast in general. I took this with the Lee Big Stopper on a twenty second exposure just to smooth out the water really.
Some editind done in lightroom, photoshop and the Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Would like to go back a photograph this at sunset , with all the lights on and St George Wharf all illuminated, so will return at some point.
Yesterday afternoon i caught the 15:05 hrs High speed train from Ramsgate to St Pancras and arrived at 16:21 hrs. I headed outside and made my way across the road to Kings Cross station were i took the pictures below.
There is not really a good time to go to kings cross but today seemed especially busy so i didnt hang around to long before i made my way down onto the underground. I decided to go to Covernt Garden, a word of warning, if you travel to this station be prepared to either wait in line for a lift to the surface or like i did climb the 193 stairs which is equivalent to a 15 story building, and boy did it feel like it!
Had a stroll around the busy area of Covernt Garden which was really busy, probably due to the school holidays. I decided to head out down towards the embankment and made my way down past the festival hall where you can see this
The shed, as it is called, is being used a temporary space for the theater. From here i made my way down along and came across the wobbly bridge as it was originally known before it was closed again for a few minor engineering tweaks!!
From this point i was a little un sure of where i wanted to be come sunset, did i continue down towards Tower Bridge or make my way to Big Ben ? Well i decided to head to Tower Bridge. Along the way you can see that the London skyline is ever changing and for the better with The Cheese Grater and the Walkie Talkie skyscrapers still under construction.
Finally made it down to the area of Moore, London. This is the home of City Hall, Tower Bridge and the iconic PricewaterhouseCoopers building which does look like the dark knight rising !!
The giant smooth pebble is a source of entertainment for all
But the scene of Tower Bridge and City Hall, for me , made it all worth while
While i was taking shots of Tower Bridge i got talking to a photographer from Holland , hope your images all turned out well and hope that you sustained no problems with your camera after dropping it on the rocks and cracking the case. He only had the Canon 5D mkiii for a very short while. We exchanged cards and his work can be found here at Cani Fotografie . Hope you enjoyed your time while you were here, nice to meet you.