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Seeing off a loved one at Gatwick Airport…and a riverside walk along the north bank of the Thames

Gatwick Airport, North Terminal

Gatwick Airport, North Terminal


North Terminal check-in/bag-drop...

North Terminal check-in/bag-drop…


Awaiting a train to London Bridge...

Awaiting a train to London Bridge…


Two men scaling The Shard...

Two men scaling The Shard…


Oystergate Walk, with London Bridge and The Shard beyond

Oystergate Walk, with London Bridge and The Shard beyond


The Banker pub, near Pauls Walk

The Banker pub, near Pauls Walk


The Millennium Bridge, with Southwark Bridge beyond...

The Millennium Bridge, with Southwark Bridge beyond…


A riverside flower...with a busker nearby playing an acoustic version of Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven'

A riverside flower…with a busker nearby playing an acoustic version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’


Cormorant sitting...

Cormorant sitting…


And the same bird taking flight...

And the same bird taking flight…


View across the river to the South Bank

View across the river to the South Bank


Sphinx, and a distant London Eye...

Sphinx, and a distant London Eye…

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London Bridge No. 1…and an upstream busker ;)…

No. 1 London Bridge, south side...

No. 1 London Bridge, south side…

Sign, north-east side of London Bridge...

Sign, north-east side of London Bridge…

London Bridge as seen from Old Billingsgate Walk, downstream from the bridge...

London Bridge as seen from Old Billingsgate Walk, downstream from the bridge…

On London Bridge, looking south...with The Shard, to the left, dwarfing Southwark Cathedral, to the right...

On London Bridge, looking south…with The Shard, to the left, dwarfing Southwark Cathedral, to the right…

On the north side of London Bridge...

On the north side of London Bridge…

Sign at the base of The Monument...on the north side of London Bridge...

Sign at the base of The Monument…on the north side of London Bridge…

The Monument, from King William Street...

The Monument, from King William Street…

London Bridge viewed from upstream...

London Bridge viewed from upstream…

…and a little further along the Thames, upstream from Blackfriars Bridge…

Flame Proof Moth busker...

Flame Proof Moth busker…

…and in the context of the riverbank…

South side, between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges...

South side, between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges…

A trip down to Kent via Cannon Street…

Because of track engineering work, there were no trains out of Victoria down to Kent this weekend, so I made a rare visit to Cannon Street station for the revised timetable. I didn’t mind; variety is the spice of life and all that, and moreover, there was an element of nostalgia to it all, as I lived in south-east London throughout the 1980s, so train journeys to Cannon Street and Charing Cross via London Bridge were a commonplace then. So I caught the Northern Line down to London Bridge late morning and walked to Cannon Street for my train there…

Crossing London Bridge, how can you not look downstream and capture what you see...

Crossing London Bridge, how can you not look downstream and capture what you see…

Cannon Street mainline station is essentially a commuter station, and I think is normally closed at weekends, but not today...

Cannon Street mainline station is essentially a commuter station, and I think is normally closed at weekends, but not today…

Later this year, I'll be uploading some photos of London taken from the top of The Shard, but for now, this is just a snatched shot taken from the train carriage as we moved out of London Bridge Station...

Later this year, I’ll be uploading some photos of London taken from the top of The Shard, but for now, this is just a snatched shot taken from the train carriage as we moved out of London Bridge Station…

The trip down to Kent was a fortnightly one I make to visit my Mum, and as I was making my way to her home, I passed a blackbird in some nearby park land, so here he is ;)...

The trip down to Kent was a fortnightly one I make to visit my Mum, and as I was making my way to her home, I passed a blackbird in some nearby park land, so here he is ;)…

Back at London Bridge now, and here's a poster on the Tube station platform :)...

Back at London Bridge now, and here’s a poster on the Tube station platform :)…

A interesting choice of painting on a car in Naylor Road, Whetstone, London N20 ;)

A interesting choice of painting on a car in Naylor Road, Whetstone, London N20 😉

A snowy walk from London Bridge upstream…

I was up with the lark this morning, to accompany my partner to Gatwick Airport, for her midday flight to Beijing, to see in the Chinese New Year with her family. After we’d said our zai jians I caught a train up to London Bridge, and then wandered westwards, upstream towards Charing Cross, which is a pleasant ramble through some historic parts of London…and the falling snow was no deterrent at all ;). So here we go :)…

Standing on a deserted London Bridge, looking towards The Shard, London's tallest building, which opens its viewing platforms to the public next month...

Standing on a deserted London Bridge, looking towards The Shard, London’s tallest building, which opens its viewing platforms to the public next month…

Misty view downstream from London Bridge, towards HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge...

Misty view downstream from London Bridge, towards HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge…

St. Paul's Cathedral, as seen from the east...

St. Paul’s Cathedral, as seen from the east…

The following picture deserves a few lines of explanation; you’ll see three people at the bottom left of the photograph. One is a young Japanese (I think) tourist with a camcorder, and to her left is her companion. The third individual, the chap being filmed, was actually doing a performance of ‘Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)’ from the film ‘Mary Poppins’, so I’ve provided the lyrics to the same, directly after the photograph…

St. Paul's Cathedral, as seen from the top of Ludgate Hill...

St. Paul’s Cathedral, as seen from the top of Ludgate Hill…

‘Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul’s
The little old bird woman comes.
In her own special way to the people she calls,
“Come, buy my bags full of crumbs.
Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you’ll be glad if you do.
Their young ones are hungry,
Their nests are so bare;
All it takes is tuppence from you.”
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.
“Feed the birds,” that’s what she cries,
While overhead, her birds fill the skies.
All around the cathedral the saints and apostles
Look down as she sells her wares.
Although you can’t see it, you know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares.
Though her words are simple and few,
Listen, listen, she’s calling to you:
“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.”
Though her words are simple and few,
Listen, listen, she’s calling to you:
“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.”‘

At the bottom of Ludgate Hill, beyond Ludgate Circus, lies Fleet Street, and Valentino, is the first shop on its northern side...

At the bottom of Ludgate Hill, beyond Ludgate Circus, lies Fleet Street, and Valentino, is the first shop on its northern side…

By now, the snow was coming down rather heavily, so I took refuge for a while in an Irish pub,’The Tipperary’, opposite Valentino’s, on the southern side of Fleet Street…

A pint of ale called Doom Bar, and a packet of Tayto Cheese and Onion Crisps ;)...

A pint of ale called Doom Bar, and a packet of Tayto Cheese and Onion Crisps ;)…

At the western end of Fleet Street, stands a rather splendid church called St. Clement Danes

At the western end of Fleet Street, stands a rather splendid church called St. Clement Danes…

...and here's St. Clement Danes, as seen from the west...

…and here’s St. Clement Danes, as seen from the west…

A bit further along the road, I caught sight of both bird and human footprints in the snow :).

A bit further along the road, I caught sight of both bird and human footprints in the snow :).

Beyond Fleet Street, lies The Strand, and at the western end of it, opposite Charing Cross Station, are these four red telephone boxes...

Beyond Fleet Street, lies The Strand, and at the western end of it, opposite Charing Cross Station, are these four red telephone boxes…

Alongside Charing Cross Station, running down to The Embankment is Villiers Street, and this is the entrance to Victoria Embankment Gardens, as seen from the bottom of Villiers Street...

Alongside Charing Cross Station, running down to The Embankment is Villiers Street, and this is the entrance to Victoria Embankment Gardens, as seen from the bottom of Villiers Street…

Within Victoria Embankment Gardens, are several statues, and this is part of one dedicated to W.S. Gilbert. The engraved quotation , copied below, comes from 'Yeoman of the Guard'...

Within Victoria Embankment Gardens, are several statues, and this is part of one dedicated to W.S. Gilbert. The engraved quotation , copied below, comes from ‘Yeoman of the Guard’…

‘Is life a boon?
If so, it must befall
That Death, whene’er he call,
Must call too soon.’

Cleopatra's Needle, on the Victoria Embankment...

Cleopatra’s Needle, on the Victoria Embankment…

One of two Sphinxes, guarding Cleopatra's Needle...

One of two Sphinxes, guarding Cleopatra’s Needle…

Having now crossed the river to the South Bank via Hungerford Bridge, here is part of the Albert Embankment, in front of the Royal Festival Hall...

Having now crossed the river to the South Bank via Hungerford Bridge, here is part of the Albert Embankment, in front of the Royal Festival Hall…

The London Eye, unsurprisingly less busy than usual today...

The London Eye, unsurprisingly less busy than usual today…

...and finally, not far from The London Eye, a row of 'Boris Bikes', doing even less business...

…and finally, not far from The London Eye, a row of ‘Boris Bikes’, doing even less business…

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