England pictures. London - from the grand Victorian architecture to the small Arabic cluster of restaurants on Edgware Road, from Chinatown to the latin quarter around Ladbroke Grove, the capital of England is a stunning mix of cultures from all over the world. This gallery mostly contains photos of London, and will show you many of its well-known places, and also many 'hidden' spots that all add to the atmosphere of this striking metropolis.
The gallery also contains images of some of England's most beautiful places outside London including historic towns and nature reserves.

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View over Greenwich

Multi-cultural Camden Lock Market is centered around atmospheric Regent's Canal

On Pall Mall looking towards Trafalgar Square

Walk the Line at The Screen on Baker Street

Belgravia, a very rich area of cream-coloured mansions next to Victoria station

Hundred-year-old trees in Berkeley Square, in London's luxurious Mayfair district

Summer by the Regent's Canal near Camden

'Having your spirits lifted can make it a good day' (apparently)

This is always nice

Under the bridge - second-hand 'bookshop' below Waterloo Bridge, next to the Thames

Carrying London's rental bikes so they're evenly distributed

Renting Boris Bikes (named after Boris Johnson who was London's mayor when the bikes were installed)

Bowls (a variant of bowling) is played with asymmetrical balls (here by City workers after office hours)

Old iron bridge in Kensal Rise, London

The results of the docklands regeneration (decaying old warehouses turned into flats and offices)

Butler's Wharf

Suffering plam trees by Butlers Wharf (London's climate is actually very good for plants as temperature hardly dips below zero)

Forlorn Butlers Wharf on a day in February 2009 when most of London's public transport ground to a halt

The Pool of London

Winter on the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen's terrace, overlooking Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake

Floating houses

Cycling along the Regent's Canal

Boat houses on the Grand Union Canal

Towpath Cafe on Regent's Canal in Hackney (next to the De Beauvoir Road bridge)

Canary Wharf, London's modern quarter with the driverless Docklands Light Railway in the middle

Canary Wharf geometry

Post- & modern

Norman Foster's unique Canary Wharf tube station

They didn't really spare the money when the Jubilee Line Extension was planned


Pet cemetery in Hyde Park (near Victoria Gate).

Acton Central

Chain of lights on the Queen's Walk, on the south bank of the Thames between London and Tower Bridges

Night falls on London

Queen's Walk lit up

Typical London homes with little gardens at the back

Cheeses at Broadway Market

Chelsea Bridge

The entrance of Chinatown in SoHo, London's nightlife district

Chinese shops in Gerrard Street

Texture-mosaic, Chinatown

Chinese New Year, Chinatown

Chinese sign by Westminster Council

No entry in Chinatown

These grilled chorizo sandwiches (sold by a Spanish retailer) are just one of the many different cuisines you can sample at Borough Market (a 5-minute walk from London Bridge)

Catholic church in Chamberlayne Road

One of the Chamberlayne Road churches glowing in the sunset

Bank junction during the afternoon rush hour; in a few hours, the place will become completely deserted

Life in Clapham High Street

Jewish family in Walthamstow Marshes near the Hasidic Jewish neighbourhoods Stamford Hill and Upper Clapton


Closed down

Closing time in Maida Vale

A cash machine in East London (Walthamstow) speaking Cockney rhyming slang (Charlie Sheen = screen; sausage and mash = cash; rattle and tank = bank)

Cockney cash machine after selecting the fast sausage and mash (fast cash) option. Speckled hen = ten, Horn of plenty = twenty, etc.

London's colors

London's colors II.

Shipyard by Greenland Dock in Rotherhithe


Covent Garden Market (not an Apple Market any more)

People in Covent Garden

The Piazza (the square surrounding Covent Garden Market)

Towpath Cafe overlooking Regent's Canal

Cycles in London Fields

Cycling between the hedges in Rickmansworth's quiet Springwell Lane (zone 7)

Crossroads in Clerkenwell

Shirland Road

Dark street

Black and white summer

Dartmouth Park, a neighbourhood near Hampstead Heath

A day off on the Grand Union Canal in Rickmansworth (Zone 7 in Northwest London)

Dead slow - at the Three Mills film studio

Derelict East End

A fashionable baby

Browsing the cheese selection at Broadway Market on a Sunday afternoon in summer

Directions in London's posh Belgravia district

The rejuvenated docklands with the Canary Wharf skyscrapers in the background

Old docklands storehouse

Previously abandoned areas in the Docklands have undergone a huge transformation in the past two decades, becoming rather fashionable and expensive neighbourhoods

Docklands and the City at night


Walking the dog by the River Lee

Dohil Caribbean grocery

Street basketball court with some illegally lounging pigeons

The classic Routemaster doubledecker (not in service since December 2005)

Theater advertisements on a doubledecker's front

Doubledecker driver

Social gathering in Downhills Park (Haringey)

Directions, Covent Garden

Evening in Kensington Church Street

Threshers - a place whose wines are covered by their Wine Buyer's Guarantee, meaning you can get your wine replaced if you don't like it

Walking down Brick Lane

Brick Lane meets Whitechapel Road

Chaos on Brick Lane

The Westway flyover over Edgware Road

Edgware Road (running from Marble Arch), a stylish street full of middle-eastern restaurants and shops

Afternoon on Edgware Road

Charcoal Grills - one of London's myriad Arabic eateries

Edgware Road's Arabic line of shops with the apartments above them

Outside Edgware Road tube station

An ad for an electric car from the early 20th century - the manufacturer was in business only until 1914. (Found in a cafe in Harringay)

The elevated tracks of London Bridge Station, under which a multitude of alleys and rooms are tucked

Ladbroke Grove, the high street of the Notting Hill neighbourhood

Turning Enfield Lock

Enfield Lock is almost on the Northern edge of London

Old street sign in Chamberlayne Road (these have recently been replaced with absolutely bland signs by Brent Council)

Nightfall in Maida Vale

Evening colors on Shirland Road

Ladbroke Grove

York Road during the evening rush hour

Evening in Lambeth

City of London commuters rushing across London Bridge in the evening

City (the financial district of London) commuters on London Bridge

Ticket for the amazing 2012 London Olympics. Many events (like this one) were not held in the Olympic Park, but in venues all around London (and, in fact, the UK)

Behind windows

Fairy tale-like landscape in Hyde Park (next to Victoria Gate) in the winter

The pavilion in the middle of Berkeley Square

The statue of Dr. Alfred Salter, local GP and MP, his daughter, and their cat

Fight The Nothingness. Agreed. (Modern art exhibit on the South Bank)

Finsbury Park

No learner drivers - the traffic rules of Finsbury Park

Kite-flying in Finsbury Park

It got stuck up a tree eventually.

Baker Street, the world's first underground station

A Circle line train leaving Baker Street (originally called the Baker Street & Waterloo Railway)

Fish & Chips, News & Wine - essential London shops.


Les Trois Garcons (The Three Boys), a French restaurant in the East End

Ashley Gardens

Hyde Park

Two gasometers, used for evening out gas pressure when it changes due to a change in demand (e.g. when people get home in the evening and start cooking)

There's a huge gas container in the middle that's attached to the vertical steel girders with wheels, and when the gas pressure increases, the container slides up the girders (out of an underground water tank), increasing its volume, and thus lowering gas pressure


Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which also has standing places, just as it did in Shakepeare's time

Cooke's Pie, Mash, Liquor & Eels - old advertisement on Goldhawk Road

Signs from different eras in Wells Road

Signs in Goldhawk Road

The golf course in Queen's Park

The 'It's gonna get worse' guy (that's what the sign hanging from his neck always says) from Speaker's Corner explaining something to an unsympathetic crowd

Tranquil streetscape on a rare snowy day

The Grand Union Canal, part of the channel network crossing London

The stunningly beautiful Grand Union Canal in Northwest London

The 220km-long Grand Union Canal in Perivale, Northwest London

Old graves in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington

Angel in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington

Winter in Hyde Park

Autumn in Green Park

Decorated pedestrian subway leading to Green Park

Practice ground for airport firemen (hence the smoke stains), London City Airport

Stores in Green Lanes

Grocery store in Green Lanes, Palmers Green

Burgoyne Road and Green Lanes in Harringay

Old taverns (well, except for Starbucks) and the Cutty Shark clipper ship in maritime Greenwich

The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich

Greenwich impressions

Greenwich and Canary Wharf

View from the hill in Greenwich Park at night

Path in Greenwich leading to stunning views over London

The excellent Grenadier pub in a quiet side street in Kensington

Brick Lane, the heart of the Bangladeshi community in London; the area even has Bengali street signs

East London vigilante

The Inconsolables - a great band name, you have to give them that.

The __________ will be prosecuted

Or something

Life in Hampstead Heath

Stargazing by the Highgate (or Hampstead) Ponds in Hampstead Heath

There's some pretty serious angling going on in Hampstead


The definition of happiness

Harmonica band on the Queen's Walk


The New River in Harringay

Fog in Harringay

Oddly pruned trees along Burgoyne Road

On the way to work

Harringay Green Lanes (1.)

Harringay Green Lanes (2.)

The so-called 'Green Lanes' is one of the longest and least green roads in London

Sandwiches * Cakes; little cafe in Harringay Green Lanes station

Spring in Harringay


The New River (an old canal, actually) crisscrossing the hills of North London

Early morning commuters

Harringay Station in fog

Evening in Harringay Green Lanes station

The Clapham Bookshop

Clapham High Street, a typical London neighbourhood main street

A very good Mexican restaurant next to the Socialis Party's local HQ

Clapham High Street

Hand Car Wash

Clapham North at night

The junction of Clapham High Street and Bedford Road

Clapham North tube station

Early Autumn in London

The formal gardens of Holland Park

Summer in Holland Park

454 grams of honey - the joys of the imperial-unit legacy

Horse Guards Parade


A freezing day near the redeveloped warehouses of Butlers Wharf (near Tower Bridge)

Summer in Hyde Park

Pigeon Mother

Hyde Park Corner, where the Rotten Row path begins, crossing the park

Oriental carving in Prince Albert's memorial in Hyde Park

The Serpentine in Hyde Park

The Ranger's Hut in Hyde Park

Akhtar Fabrics ('A treasure trove of haberdashery goods'), Willesden High Road


View of Canary Wharf and riverside Docklands developments

Specialized on the parma ham and many other products

Canary Wharf, Jubilee Underground Line

London Bridge, Jubilee Underground Line

Southwark, Jubilee Underground Line

Westminster, Jubilee Underground Line

Westminster, Jubilee Underground Line

London Bridge, Jubilee Underground Line

Southwark, Jubilee Underground Line

Apple juice from a farmer's market

Kebab shop near Old Street

Two rows of houses usually enclose two rows of gardens in residential London

High Street, Kensal Rise

Kensal Rise

Railings & walls

Kensington Gardens (adjacent to Hyde Park)

That's a big swan

Peeling sign advertising Ron(?) in Kilburn

Iron bridge in King's Cross train station.

The roof of King's Cross station.

British trains.

Kite flying in Walthamstow Marshes

Kite and dog

The kite-flier

South Kensington

Ladbroke Grove, the heart of Notting Hill and London's latin quarter

Strangely-windowed terraced houses in Kensal Town

Among the lakes and rivers near Rickmansworth

At the Pierre Garroudi Gallery, under the tracks of London Bridge

Laundramatic - coin op cleaners

In London Learner Driver signs are permanently affixed to basically all delivery bikes

Photoshoot at Alexandra Palace

Leighton Gardens, Brent

The Royal Pictogram Society at work

Lime Grove; food from chicken shops like this is staple fare for many Londoners

Boat home in Little Venice, a popular part of the Regent's Canal

Little Britain, a street in the City (as well as a brilliant TV show)

Short on space (boat in Little Venice)

Directions by the Regent's Canal

Little Venice

A smallish living room (or patio?) in Little Venice

The colours of Finsbury

A walk in Finsbury

The headquarters of the Lloyd's insurance company (designed by Richard Rogers, who had also designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris)

Costcutter, the frugal man's best friend

Walking in London at night often feels like you're in a dream

London Eye (the world's largest observation wheel)

It's a London Thing (the website doesn't seem to work though)

The Borough, a quiet area 15 minutes' walk from Tower Bridge

Watching the world go by in The Foundry in Old Street

Look left - these are very handy for foreigners coming from countries where people drive on the right

What used to be the pub Lord Napier in the ghost town of Hackney Wick

That's love

Low flying aircraft - sign just outside London City Airport, the international airport closest to central London (it's in zone 3)

Having a beer at lunchtime is a pretty common thing in England

Church being converted into luxury flats in Highgate


The Man in Yellow, possibly based on the Matrix's woman in red scene

Borough Market details

Borough Market at night - at lunchtime the dozens of food vendors attract hundreds of people who work nearby

The remnants of Broadway Market

A Mars a day

Maryland, London (ice cubes are a really important commodity in this shop for some reason)

Life around King's Cross Station

Crossing York Way

Millennium Bridge (inaugurated in 2000, although was later closed down for years because of its instability)

Millennium Bridge

Canary Wharf with the Docklands Light Railway

Some parks are what this area really needs (Zone 4, Northolt)

Mozart Street

Table at Nando's - a chain serving really good South African food (despite the fact that the restaurants have a Portuguese theme)

London shop sign designs tend to be quite sophisticated

Mist over the New River near Finsbury Park

Spring along the New River in Harringay

Chamberlayne Road at night

Night in London

London blues

No junk food allowed (Chestnuts Primary School, Haringey)

No pr king

Soho Noir

The Northcote pub in the western part of Clapham - a 'trendy' (think lots of wine bars) area where a traditional pub looks out of place

'You Cannot Be Serious' ale in the Victoria Stakes pub (Muswell Hill)

It's actually a pretty good beer

Graffiti isn't a very common sight in West London - though this corner has its fair share

Old advertisement on Shirland Road

Taylor Walker's The Chippenham in Shirland Road

Old Fiat Cinquecento

Old gas lamp

Cowley Street, where not much changed over the last century

Kid seat on a bike near the Barbican

Posters and an old Carlsberg ad next to London Bridge

Signpost by the Old Ford Lock on the Liver Lea, a few hundred metres from the 2012 Olympic Park (the river itself was cleaned and the towpath improved as part of the preparations for the olympics)

I faceless naked woman London

Free outdoor gym with workout equipment by the University of East London's Docklands campus


Life in Oxford Circus

Oxford Circus's line of shops

Oxford Street from the upper deck of a doubledecker

Doubledecker in Maida Hill, London

Leaving - Paddington Station

A slightly sad scene near the future 2012 Olympic site (taken in 2008; the mural got painted over shortly after)

Bike path sign and imperial architecture in central London

Two relatively unique buildings in Palmerston Road

Unfinished Park Crescent (it was meant to be a circle) next to Regent's Park

Thames Barrier Park, one of the few 'modern' parks in London

Autumn under Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Park

Summer in Finsbury Park

The huge number of parks in London mean they are accessible to virtually everyone

Park life

Finsbury Park is one of the largest parks in North London, and has tennis and streetball courts, a baseball and a softball diamond, an American football field (quite rare in London), a bowling green (for the sport 'bowls'), plus a huge amount of grass to lie on

Parkland Walk, a former railway line converted into a walking and cycling trail near Finsbury Park

Directions, Parliament Square

'Angelo's fine Italian food specialized on the Parma ham and many other products'

Weekend crowds in Camden Town near Camden Lock Market

The remnants of Petticoat Lane Market

Wentworth Street, where Petticoat Lane Market is held

Visual chaos on the corner of Wentworth and Toynbee Sts

The UK's famous red phone booth

Piccadilly Circus with some of the world's most famous (and expensive) advertisements

Piccadilly Circus's Eros statue always attracts crowds

Piccadilly Circus

Pickles in a chip shop at Borough Market

Old pier in old docklands

The Boss

An evening in front of the Sherlock Holmes pub

Playground in a park in Upper Holloway near Archway

The area officially called the Pool of London - some places are still waiting for regeneration

Evening in Portobello Road Market

Is it day or night?

The less-known part of Portobello Road

Portobello Road Market


'Pound Paradise - Luxury house hold goods downstairs'

Battersea Power Station, an iconic building which developers have been trying to convert into various uses for decades

Good food? Bring it in.

Pumps belonging to a houseboat in case water starts gushing in during a party

Some trees just won't let go - the dead of winter in Queen's Park

An important South America vs. Eastern Europe match in Queen's Park

Walking towards Tower Bridge on the Queen's Walk

Queen's Walk

An unlikely merry-go-round in a business district (More London Riverside, December 2007)


Norman Foster-designed City Hall (or the Greater London Authority building, previously called the glass testicle by mayor Ken Livingstone) on the riverfront in Southwark

Old railway bridge in Clapham

Clapham North at night

Garages under the railway tracks in Clapham

Footbridge over Harringay station

The National Rail sign at Clapham High Street Station

Rain, Soho

Rain-soaked rickshaw drivers chatting in Chinatown

Taking five in Chinatown

Colourless Soho

Evening traffic in Soho

Bikes parked in Noel Street

A sign-holder in Regent Street (this isn't a very good job)

Rain is not nearly as common in London as you might think

London in purple


Reflected London

Reflected London II.

Construction near the Olympic park in Stratford

Regent Street

The sweeping architecture of Regent St

The Regent's Canal flowing into the Thames in Limehouse

A secret lake

Junction Road, Archway

Early morning fog in Rutland Gardens, in the 'gardens' half of Harringay

Deer in Richmond Park, the largest park in London

People warily approaching a herd of deer in Richmond Park

Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

Farewell Routemaster was on - it's the movie about the classic doubledecker buses almost completely withdrawn from service in 2005.

Riverboat service on the Thames.


Royal Albert Hall (a popular music venue for classical concerts)


Saxophone-player on the Golden Jubilee Bridge

Scarebear in a Southgate allotment

An old school that has separate gates for boys and girls, strategically located on two different corners of the building

Could have been dreamed up by Philip K. Dick

The external elevators of the Lloyds Building

Bengali street sign in Sclater St (the English-language sign has been removed)

A letter to Sherlock Holmes in the Sherlock Holmes museum

A letter from the Inland Revenue to Sherlock Holmes, 221b Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes Museum)

Replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship moored in London's Southwark


Dispensing Chemists

Old Shoreditch station

Deep water

Skaters in Bounds Green

Reading in the park

London summer on Hampstead Heath

View from Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park

The Pictogram Society at their best again

Old car parked in front of a Kensal Rise house

The little park next to Chandos Road in Stratford

Small parcels in Southgate Chase Allotments

April snow in Finsbury Park (6th April 2008)

A chilly Spring in Finsbury Park

Snow alien

An enclosed section of Finsbury Park, normally used for baseball

Finsbury Park

The April 2008 skyline of the City as seen from Finsbury Park

Early snow in October 2008

Snow in London, which ranks on the plant hardiness scale (determining how hard it is fow plants to survive the cold months) on the same level with Arizona, is quite rare

Chaotic tree in our backyard

Soho on a rainy day


Soho at night

Soho corner

Garrick Street, Soho

Somerset House in the summer

People enjoying Somerset House's jets of water

Somerset House

Old-fashioned bicycle in the courtyard of magnificent Somerset House

South Bank

Southwark Bridge, towards the City

The colors of the City

Southwark Cathedral's window

Space invaders in London



Relaxing in St James's Park

St John's *

St Paul's Cathedral in the autumn

View from the stone gallery of St Paul's

King Henry VIII's Mound in Richmond Park, from where St Paul's Cathedral can be seen 10 miles away

Richmond Park's trees were felled in a row to provide the view all the way to St Paul's Cathedral

St Saviour's Dock, with old warehouses converted into flats

Bus stand

Dal�'s surreally legged elephant outside the Dalí Universe on the South Bank

British pub food - rump steak with chips, fried onions, mushrooms and tomatoes

Still life by the Lisson Grove houseboats on Regent's Canal

The Royal Stock Exchange at the Bank intersection

Intersection in Soho.

Kilburn Park Road, Kilburn

Canary Wharf DLR station

Lower Belgrave Street


On sale here

View from Crouch Hill towards Arsenal's stadium and the City of London

Leighton Gardens

Summer in Harringay


A day off in Alexandra Park

Evening view from Greenwich with St Paul's and the Swiss Re tower in the background

4pm, Southwark

Superfry Fish & Chips on Bedford Road

Tandoori Chicken

Mural on the riverside wall of Tate Modern

'Temporary sign'

Brazilian dance

Victorian terraces

The Thames

The Thames Barrier, protecting London from floods

Sunset over the Thames

The Thames and examples of London's high-rise architecture

The Thames at low tide at Isleworth

The Driftwood Cafe at Trinity Buoy Wharf

The 80s today in Toynbee St (off Commercial Street)

Road to nowhere

Tooley Street (Bermondsey) in winter

The Tower & the City of London

Tower Bridge, as seen from the riverboat service from Westminster to Greenwich

On a field trip on Tower Bridge, overlooking the cruiser HMS Belfast, the City of London and Lambeth

Life in and around Trafalgar Square

Tree swing off the Grand Union Canal

The Auld Triangle pub

The pub, situated near the team's stadium, is popular with Arsenal fans after Premier League games

London pubs are famous for their unusual names - the Auld Triangle is a pretty good example

Truscott Arms

Clapham North Tube Station

Street under London Bridge station

Just before closing time in L'Angolo English & Italian deli

The famous tube symbol


Public toilet in Westminster tube station

Arsenal station is situated in a surprisingly quiet street as opposed to the regular 'high street' location of most tube stations

Er... (OK, the reason is that they wanted to start building the foundation before the house got completely demolished)

Commuters waiting at Vauxhall Station

London in gray

Alexandra Park

View from Alexandra Palace, situated on a hill in North London

Alexandra Park

View to the south

Muswell Hill and Crouch End with Canary Wharf in the distance

North and East London

Sunset over Crouch End and Canary Wharf

The corner of Voltaire Road and Clapham High Street

This dog was promised a game of Where's Waldo, but he's finding it really hard to hide in this snow-covered landscape.

Walthamstow Marshes, while also bordered by several industrial areas, are a very nice getaway in Hackney

Disused storehouses

The junction in front of Waterloo Station

Waterloo Noir

One of London's most beautiful brick structures: the church in Weighhouse Street

The triumphal arch of Wellington, defeater of Napoleon at Waterloo

The skyscrapers of Canary Wharf on a Saturday evening as seen from the footbridge spanning West India Dock

Westminster Abbey

The Byzantine style Catholic Westminster Cathedral

Fairtytale-like Albert Bridge in Chelsea


Winter park

Bare trees in Woodside Park


At the end of Southend Pier, 2km from the shore


2km long Southend Pier

Landscape, Thames Estuary

A great cycle lane along Southend's waterfront

Southend Pier is the longest pier in the world

Will be usable again in about 6-10 hours

Towards the sea

Only 354 shopping days to Christmas - small shop on Southend Pier

Amusement park at the end of the pier

A train connects the two ends of the pier (it has two stops)


Bell at the end of the pier

Summer relaxation spot #1

CAUTION ROCKS, says the sign on the right


Near sunset suddenly a million birds appear to feed

View from the hill that runs along the seaside

1/4 mile to the shore

The structure that holds the pier


Sunset With Distant Boat

Up the Thames

Beach huts on the Southent waterfront

The pier


Steep Hill is Lincoln's main street leading up to the 900 year-old cathedral

Night in the old town of Lincoln


A worldwide collection of banknotes on the wall of a Lincoln pub


Brass band in Nottingham

Nottingham's cemetery

The newest grave originates from around 1950, the oldest from the early 1800s

Green's Mill in Nottingham, producing flour up to this day

Green's Mill

The machinery inside Green's Mill


Crowds on a summer afternoon (we just got there after cycling from London)

51, 52

A sign that says that it's forbidden to climb into the bin. We laughed at first, then the next day read in the paper about a guy who slept in the bin and almost suffocated.

Brighton beach

Far away

Church or gymnastic club? (Many churches in England are converted into pubs, flats, etc.)

People in Hove

Hove promenade in Brighton & Hove

Arriving on the seaside

Beach huts


Illuminated Brighton Pier at night

Kemp Town


Old pavilion

Near the end of Brighton Pier. The pier houses a large amusement arcade, two roller coasters, several restaurants, etc.

A playground on the beach

Along Marine Parade

Brighton promenade

The amusement park on Brighton Pier can be seen in the distance with its roller coasters

Cafe next to a golf course strategically situated next to a busy road (what if they hit a car?, one might wonder)

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence built in the 19th century in an architectural style inspired by Indian architecture

The spires of the Royal Pavilion

The English Channel

Breakwater Cafe





In front of Brighton railway station

View along Marine Parade and the beach


According to the sing on the left, tarot consultant Ivor's clients include major banks and pharmaceutical companies. Which is rather reassuring.

Anglers on a pier-like structure protecting Brighton Marina

Brighton Beach

These are the remnants of the West Pier (another entertainment pier), which burned down in 2003. A 183-metre observation tower will probably be built to 'replace' it

Looking back towards downtown Brighton and Brighton Pier

Peak District

Looking back from Lose Hill at Back Tor

The top

Farmland near Edale

Grazing sheep

Fields in the White Peak (the gentler part of the Peak District)

The Back Tor-Mam Tor ridge

Moorland in the Peak District

Path leading down to Edale

The ridge path between Hollins Cross and Back Tor

Looking towards Mam Tor (the hill on the left)

Green valley

Back Tor

The Peak District's colors

Climbing the path leading to Hollins Cross


Hope valley


The woods around Matlock Bath.

Forest pathway.

Cliff-top view of some of Matlock Bath's houses.


The idyllic garden of Wilton House near Salisbury

The Palladian Bridge in the middle of Wilton House's beautiful gardens

Old times

The Cedar of Lebanon is just one of the various rare tree species planted in the garden


Old street sign in Birmingham

St Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter

The new Selfridges building

The curvy Selfridges building was designed by Future Systems

Isle Of Wight

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

The colorful rocks of Alum Bay

Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of Wight

America(n-themed toys in England)

The white cliffs (Culver Cliff) that Whitecliff Bay was named after

The sea on a hot day

A causeway dissecting scenic Bembridge Harbour

This is what happens to your ears if you turn too fast

The ferry to the Isle of Wight takes about 15 minutes from Portsmouth

On the ferry




Low tide in the Ryde Roads area

The man with the bag

Low tide in Ryde

On the Isle of Wight

The Needles

Progress for the island

Beautiful house in Ryde

At the end of Ryde Pier

The open sea as seen from a clifftop

The island is excellent for cycling

Peeling walls

The long pier in Ryde. needed because the sea recedes a lot at low tide

A great place to practice cycling in an exact straight line (not as easy as it looks)

English summer

Whitecliff beach

The island is full of great roads for cycling, connecting the tiny villages


Whitecliff Bay


The colours of Oxford.

Life in Oxford

Oxford people


Exmoor National Park

View from Foreland Point - the beautifully named Desolation Point is not far from here

The road leading back to Lynton from the nearby hills

English countryside

View of the Valley of Rocks and Woody Bay from the top of Hollerday Hill

View from the top of Countisbury Hill, a short but very steep drive away from Lynmouth

British farm

The peninsula called Foreland Point

On the way to the tip of Foreland Point (which is about 3-4km from Lynmouth)

Please Shut All Gates - the sign implies this is a public right of way (ie. a public path crossing private land), but you need to check the map to be sure

The road leading down to the village of Lynmouth - it _is_ steep.

The village of Lynmouth - despite its popularity with tourists - has fortunately managed to avoid real estate developers

The oceanside village of Lynmouth, at the shared estuary of the East Lyn and West Lyn rivers - the area is sometimes called The English Switzerland

Gathering clouds over Lynmouth and Foreland Point

Lynmouth and Countisbury HIll

Lobster pots on Lynmouth pier - the lobster season hasn't begun yet

Probably the world's biggest 'piggy bank' - collecting money for the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society

Road trip

On the way to the Valley of Rocks

View from a strange heart-shaped terrace over Lynmouth harbour and Foreland Point

Only 6 months until summer...

Beware of the sheep - and indeed, we did have a few surprise encounters with a few sheep that clearly didn't understand what we were doing on their road

The sheep

The bay of Lynmouth village

Beware of the Batman

Signposts indicate the route of the 630-mile (1000km) South West Coast Path, one of the the longest National Trails in England

View through a hedge separating farms in Exmoor

The Valley of Rocks


Details of the world's first cast iron bridge, after which the village of Ironbridge was named

The iron bridge was cast in nearby Coalbrookdale

Wrought iron garden furniture

Grave in the churchyard

The peaceful atmosphere of the village is only slightly broken by the huge and hideous power station

By the river


Hundreds (thousands?) of bicycles at the bike park in front of Cambridge rail station

A Cambridge cafe overlooking the university buildings (there's even a sign inside saying that one world-famous scientist from the university used to eat here)

Bikes are one of the most popular mode of transportation in Cambridge

Terraced houses (or row houses) in Cambridge


Couple's cycling

Hiring a boat from Darwin College

A day out (by the River Cam)

The yearly Cambridge Beer Festival on Jesus Green is organised by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale

Relaxing (passed out?) at the Cambridge Beer Festival

Beer festival

A summer day in Cambridge

An English Sunday roast is a traditional pub dish: roast pork or beef, vegetables, gravy and yorkshire puddings (the round fried side dish on the plates)

3 generations


Summer in Grantchester Meadows (outside Cambridge) which inspired the eponymous Pink Floyd song

The entrance to Homerton College, part of the University of Cambridge

Campus lawn

Infant study at the University of Cambridge for 2-8 week old babies. Would you submit your child to such a study?

Variations of the Keep Calm and Carry On theme

The River Cam and Cambridge University buildings

A market in downtown Cambridge

After a boat race

Rowing is very popular in Cambridge


A parasol attached to a punt on a hot summer day

An entrance to St John's College of Cambridge University

According to the sign, only members of the university (or those here on business) can enter this gate

Park with locals playing some kind of game with a ball and nets

Park avenue


Aggressive piglet.

A Day with Plato - what is justice?

Posters in downtown Cambridge

A fairly pretentious way to dress your child

Professors of Gonville and Caius College (University of Cambridge). Stephen Hawking's door is a few metres away from here. Many of the college courtyards can be visited (some for free) by visitors.

The labels of (probably local) ales: Bucket of Blood, Heavenly Blond, Medusa, Mammon, ...

Summer punting

No bicycles, dogs, radios or picnics

Gardens between two rows of terraced houses


Old ads - Raleigh [a bicycle brand] is ridden all over the empire

On a punt

A relaxing summer day

Cambridge riverside


Rowing in Cambridge is big

Science Festival, Cambridge (where one of the world's top universities is located)

Science meets Faith

Cambridge market

Star Wars concert by St John's Music Society

Statue, pheasant

Kingston Street, where several people feel a strong anti-Tesco sentiment according to the flyers in many windows

A less spectacular college building

Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Velociraptor, a perfect name for an extremely slow boat

Andy Warhol cows

Darwin College

Garage door

Wedding photos


Punting in front of Trinity College (University of Cambridge)


On the coast of Hunstanton

Birds circling over the North Sea

The chalk cliffs of Hunstanton. There are signs at the top advertising phone numbers and email addresses where people who want to commit suicide (by jumping off the cliff) can turn to for help

If you lose your child, you can collect them at the local Lost Child Centre

The Hunstanton coast

A sign describing the Norfolk Coast Path, which used to be a road used in Roman times

This part of the North Sea is called The Wash, which is actually a large estuary fed by several rivers

By the sea

Evening in Hunstanton on top of the chalk cliffs.

Locals love wearing flipflops while also wearing coats and big scarves (it was about 15 degrees Celsius)

Seven Sisters

The English Channel

Tree permanently deformed by the strong winds

The tangled branches of the deformed tree

Cross and flowers on top of Beachy Head cliff, the most popular place to commit suicide in England

Cuckmere Haven, the estuary of the River Cuckmere. This is where the Seven Sisters cliffs begin

Before storm

Giant ships crossing the English Channel

View across the English Channel from Beachy Head


The steep climb to Beachy Head

Sheep fence at the foot of the Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters Country Park

A great location for rugby and football pitches

The colours of the sea

By the sea

10 degrees Celsius

Birling Gap

The Seven Sisters cliffs as seen from the top of the first peak, Haven Brow


Hikers running towards the Haven Brow peak of the Seven Sisters

Sheep fence near Haven Brow overlooking the Cuckmere Haven


Medieval Fish Street

Textures from the intersection of Fish Street and Butcher Row

Details from the street called Town Walls


Georgian door and window

Georgian building with portico

The old town of Shrewsbury

Nightlife around the train station

The Quarry is a large park by the River Severn

An eccentric tree

The Quarry park and Kingsland Bridge - the toll bridge was built in the 19th century and it costs 10p for a car to cross it (at least in 2007)

Town Walls

St John's Hill

Everyday life

The old town's character has been preserved very well, but there are a tad too many shops

The red brick buildings lining Belmont

View over downtown from a hill across the river

The River Severn, The Quarry park, Kingsland Bridge and downtown Shrewsbury

A house some windows bricked-up to avoid paying window-tax, a 17th and 18th century tax which was proportionate to the grandeur of one's property, measured by the number of windows


On the Suffolk coast in Aldeburgh

Jumping seagull

Garden sprinkler turned up a bit too high - the countryside near the Suffolk coast

Deckchairs on Aldeburgh beach

Dog's perspective



Not being too well-known, Aldeburgh beach isn't too crowded even on sultry days

An unusually hot day for England

Shellfish farm

Tudor architecture

Mother and daughter

No dogs on beach May-Sept

All this stress is just too much to take...

Modern-day pirate ship

While pubs don't serve food in the afternoon until 7pm, the two fish & chips shops in Aldeburgh have queues tens of metres long - for some reason locals don't really seem to grasp the concepts of supply and demand

The queue started out with about 10 people, and then kept getting longer and longer

Old boat

A box of rusty anchors on the beach - I wonder where they got them

It's not cheap

The Aldeburgh seaside with two nuclear reactors (Sizewell A and B) hidden in the scenery

Boat accessories

While South England's rainy reputation is just a myth, scenes like this one aren't that common in this region

Fishing(?) boats on Aldeburgh's coast with the fake pirate ship's flags in the background

Broxbourne District

The Borough of Broxbourne (Hertfordshire), 20 minutes north of London

The Farmers Boy pub in the village of Brickendon, near Bayford railway station

Derry's Wood in the Borough of Broxbourne

The New River in the town of Broxbourne

Path in Derry's Wood near Broxbourne

Footpaths in the countryside are often maintained by volunteers

Autumn in England

In Brickendon


On the road

The pretty village of Brickendon


Broxbourne Wood

Walking from Bayford train station towards Broxbourne Wood

Broxbourne Wood


Broxbourne Wood

These quiet country lanes near Broxbourne are ideal for walking and cycling

An Ent on bad hair day

Snow in January 2013


Not Utah - the fishing huts of the Dungeness peninsula with railways next to them (these used to launch boats when this was still a thriving fishing community)

Only about 40 fishermen remain in the area - the boats of the rest are left rotting on land

Old fishing boat


An example of the old machinery lying around

Clothes hanger; the rows of pylons in the background carry electricity from Dungeness Nuclear Power Station located a mile from here

Hut with a view

Emma Jane with one of the remaining lighthouses in the background

On the beach


Boat winch

Fishing nets

The Dungeness Pyramid?



Fair chance

Gutted boat

Boat launching tracks

The still operational 15-inch(!) gauge Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Mobile hut

Houses in Dungeness Village are apparently quite sought after among people who like the area's desolate and remote atmosphere

The remote entrance of Dungeness Village

Turn spider nut till hard against collar


The promenade of faded Victorian seaside resort town Eastbourne is still very pleasant

Seaside terrace

Lone palm tree by the English Channel

The Grand Hotel (OK, the front actually looks grand)






Apple varieties at Ely's Apple Festival

Cider from the Ely Apple Festival

Apple juice

Local cider

Crafts demonstration at the Apple Festival

Dinner on a houseboat on the Great River Ouse

Duck on the Ouse

A sunny October afternoon

Go with the Flo

Apple identification game at the Ely Apple Festival

On Ely's beautiful waterfron

Great cheeses at a market stall: Hot Wobbly Goat and Monk's Revenge

Morris dancer

Drums for Morris dancing

Life on the river

River cruises

Square in front of the cathedral

Apple varieties


Seagulls in Folkestone's harbour

Members of Folkestone's fishing fleet at low tide

The popular Sunday market in Folkestone

Crowd watching a band at the Sunday market

Low tide

A hot and sunny day at the end of September

The fish market with pub names like The Three Mackerel and The Ship Inn

La's Seafood in Folkestone's fish market


A delicate power balance

Sign indicating a right of way (that is, a legal right to cross private land) - England is full of these and councils are legally required to singpost them

Entering Framlingham's Castle, whose construction started about 1500 years ago

He's playing chess

Giant snakes and ladders in Framlingham Castle

The Mere Nature Reserve surrounding Framlingham Castle

Overlooking the Mere

Various kinds of chilli plants left outside a house for 30 pence each

The market square of Framlingham

Framlingham then and now


Flint is a natural resource here; here it was used in the castle's walls

Karaoke, crib drive (this one's a mystery), quiz night, BBQ - a countryside pub's nightly programme

Great North Way

On the road in Hertfordshire, along the Great North Way, part of the National Cycle Network's Route 12

Dowdell's Wood, next to which the route passes (near the village of Ayot St Peter)

Dowdell's Wood in spring

The National Cycle Network is maintained by the charity Sustrans (Sustainable Transport)

Traditional houses in Old Knebworth

Evergreen English field

Just outsideLetchworth Garden City, built during the Garden City movement inspired by the 1887 utopian sci-fi 'Looking Backward: 2000-1887'

Dowdell's Wood


Hikers, who have just traversed the arete Striding Edge, approaching the summit

Derelict dam in the valley under Helvellyn


The Lake District

Top of the world

Gentler paths leading down Helvellyn's sides

The summit plateau of Helvellyn (in the 1920 even a plane landed here)

Along Striding Edge

The Lake District's indigenous Herdwick sheep


The arete Striding Edge on a busy day (it's not the easiest way to the summit but by far the best, perhaps apart from its sister Swirral Edge on the other side of the valley)

View from Helvellyn's summit towards the west

View towards the East

The valley and the Red Tarn

Farmland in a glacial valley by Ullswater

Leigh On Sea

A beach on the Thames Estuary

Along the seaside in Leigh-on-Sea

By the sea

Designer bin

Flocks of birds on the Thames estuary in Leigh-on-Sea

Sailboats waiting to be launched in Leigh-on-Sea

Tea garden

Summer (it's actually October)


Seaside life

Colourful nets - Leigh-on-Sea is still a working harbour

Fresh oysters from the cockle sheds in Old Leigh

People by the seaside

Not sure about the purpose of this thing

Pots for catching crabs?



The Thames Estuary

Seafood from the Thames Estuary: anchovies, oysters and clams

Seafood from Leigh-on-Sea's cockle sheds (a few hundred metres from the train station)

A cockle shed in Old Leigh with posters illustrating the various species living in the sea

Sea life

From the Scandinavian Fishing Yearbook

Fishing boat

Wild Pig

Yachting Club

London to Brighton

English cows

The beautiful Downs Link trail runs from just outside Guildford to just outside Brighton

Walking the dogs on the Downs Link

The Downs Link about halfway to Brighton

A late spring afternoon

On the road from London to Brighton

Only 5 miles to go

Gliders over the hills just before Brighton

Don't disturb the sheep. They're cute.


Nearing the sea

There are many horseriding schools near Brighton

Sleeping on a horse farm's horse box (horse carrier vehicle) overnight. Much cheaper than most B&Bs

A countryside mailbox

Near the Devil's Dyke valley

Welcome to Brighton


Local talent (and in some cases lack of talent) in a pub's garden

Sunset on the Downs Link

The hills just before Brighton, looking north

Just outside Brighton


The White Horse in a scenic hilltop location just as you enter the Medway conurbation

A local in Rochester

Park on a hilltop in Rochester with great views over the surrounding towns

Arriving home

Dog hierarchy

Old age

Chatham Maritime


Pub by Chatham Marina

Redevelopment on St Mary's Island, a site formerly containing warehouses, for example

A bit of the Mediterranean in Kent

Old boat in Chatham Maritime

The redevelopment of St Mary's Island

The framework of a shipyard machine shop (formerly located in Woolwhich in London)

A park by buildings belonging to the University of Rochester

A hilltop park

View towards Chatham's Marina

Chatham Marina


Morecambe beach

Pipes added to the exterior of the building to carry water (and possibly sewage?) from bathrooms

A gentlemen's barbershop

'High Class Shoe Repairs'

Sunset Ices

Morecambe Promenade

Morecambe, a once thriving resort town, is only a shadow of its former self (these pictures were taken in 2009)

Houses overlooking the Irish Sea

Behind the (faded but) pretty seaside architecture

Closed down

The backstreets of Morecambe

Rundown housing

Sunset View Hotel

North Downs Way

The turquoise waters of England

The white cliffs of Dover (this is a few miles from the town of Dover)

Dog poop bin

Looking across the English Channel

Fence near the top of Shakespeare's Cliff

Fishing on Samphire Hoe - reclaimed land made from the soil removed during the construction of the Channel Tunnel

Looking towards Folkestone

English hikers

Information sign containing information, among others, on when high tides are, when dusk sets in, and a warning about adders (venomous snakes) active in the grass

Under the cliffs of Dover

Along the North Downs Way, a 250km long-distance path in Southern England

A hot September day on Shakespeare Cliff

Samphire Hoe Country Park (Wikipedia says 'A country park is an area designated for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment.') - way too much concrete, to be honest

International trade has sadly marred the natural beauty of Dover

Shingle beach next to Samphire Hoe Country Park

Tropic sunset near Folkestone

Houses scattered on top of the white cliffs of Dover

North Down Ways and Saxon Shore Way trail signs pointing towards Dover

On top of Shakespeare Cliff - the place supposedly inspired a scene in King Lear ('How fearful / And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low!')

Sandy beach

For the geographically challenged

A day out


Spring in Plymouth - with a phone booth in a garden

The Devon coastline in Plymouth

Dog-swimming on a sultry March day

Jail Ale brewed by nearby Dartmoor Brewery

Plymouth harbour

Day off

The old captain

Scone with blackcurrant jam and cream - a great English dessert

Boats in Portsmouth harbour

Plymouth marina

Crowds enjoying an unexpectedly hot March sun on top of Plymouth Hoe, an excellent vantage point from which the whole harbour can be seen

Victorian terraces in Plymouth

The Terrace

Plymouth Hoe, a seaside open space, has several terraces, cafes, a lighthouse and even a lido.

The Three Crowns

River Lee

Excavator floating on the River Lee

Weir Lock, north of London

The washing

Life by the river (probably owned by houseboat-owners)

Life by the river in Stanstead Abbots

The town of Stanstead Abbots

The Rive Lea (or River Lee) towpath is great for cycling and walking

Ware, a nice town on the River Lee

River Stort

Cycling along the River Stort makes for a scenic though rather bumpy afternoon



Along the River Stort, which runs through Bishop's Stortford (near Stansted airport) and flows into the River Lee

Forest along the Stort

The Stort

On the Stort footpath


Looks like Holland

The Saxtead Green Post Mill, where 'post mill' means that the upper, wooden part can revolve on a big vertical pole in the middle of it

A true niche market

Model windmill inside the windmill

The stairs can revolve along with the upper part depending on the wind's direction - according to the guide it can follow the wind pretty accurately _except_ when it suddenly makes a 180 degree-turn, when the structure has an unfortunately tendency to topple

The mill's wall with a wheel of an uncertain purpose


Reactor B of the Sizewell nuclear power station

The power stations are situated right by the sea (probably to gain easy access to coolant, without which a nuclear plant cannot function)

The dome of the Sizewell B nuclear reactor

A rig just off the Suffolk coast, frequented by kittiwakes (a type of gull)


Ullswater is the second largest lake in England

Patterdale at the western tip of the lake

The footpath running along the shore

Taking a rest by the footpath running along the southern shore of Ullswater

The village of Patterdale

'It's just resting.' - indigenous Herdwick sheep

At the foot of the hill Swineside Knott

White Cliffs Country

On top of the 100m high cliffs of Dover

The massive cliffs are visible from France on a clear day as a long white strip

Country for Old Men

Beach huts and boats along Kingsdown beach

Shingle beach just outside the village of Kingsdown

In Britain, where most land is owned privately, public is normally allowed to walk along designated Rights of Way - Access Land means that a part of private land is freely accessible

Cycling home

SeaFrance ferry crossing the English Channel from Calais to Dover

Cliff path

Path leading to a hobbit hole

The Saxon Shore Way leading down from the chalk cliffs to Kingsdown

English countryside

The Kingsdown beach huts

Approved by Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks

The Bay area in the village of St Margaret's at Cliffe


View from Kingsdown

Along the Saxon Shore Way

View over Kingsdown and Deal (with 300m-long Deal pier on the right)

White Cliffs Country

'Possible dangers surrounding boat winching operations'

Bushes permanently deformed by the prevailing winds

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