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


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


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




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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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