England: Curiosities

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

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

Kitty

Chinese sign by Westminster Council

No entry in Chinatown

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.

Derelict East End

Chaos on Brick Lane

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

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

Baker Street, the world's first underground station

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

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)

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

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

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.

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

Canary Wharf, Jubilee Underground Line

Southwark, Jubilee Underground Line

Southwark, Jubilee Underground Line

Short on space (boat in Little Venice)

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

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

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

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

I faceless naked woman London

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

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

Scarebear in a Southgate allotment

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)

Space invaders in London

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

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

Mural on the riverside wall of Tate Modern

The Thames Barrier, protecting London from floods

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

Road to nowhere

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

Southend-on-Sea

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

2km long Southend Pier

Towards the sea

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

Evening

Brighton

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

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

Exmoor National Park

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

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

Ironbridge

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

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

By the river

Hunstanton

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

Seven Sisters

Tree permanently deformed by the strong winds

The tangled branches of the deformed tree

A great location for rugby and football pitches

Aldeburgh

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

Dungeness

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

Faded

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

Lost

Boat winch

The Dungeness Pyramid?

Rust

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

Folkestone

Members of Folkestone's fishing fleet at low tide

Low tide

Framlingham

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

Framlingham then and now

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

Helvellyn

The Lake District's indigenous Herdwick sheep

Sizewell

Reactor B of the Sizewell nuclear power station

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

Ullswater

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


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