September 16, 2015

London Walks: Landmarks

After my first assignment in London earlier last week, I went for another walk to explore the city. I finished the job near the subway station on Bond Street, and from there, I crossed the city centre to check out some of London’s most iconic sites.

Soon I arrived next to Buckingham Palace, the place where the monarchs are.

Soon I arrived next to the Buckingham Palace, the place where the monarchy is.

Not far away is Westminster Abbey, an impressive Gothic church built 770 years ago.

Not far away is Westminster Abbey, impressive Gothic church built 770 years ago.

From there, it’s just a moment to the Houses of Parliament. The Victoria Tower in the background.

From there it’s just a moment to the Houses of Parliament. The Victoria Tower in the background.

Sometimes I think whether it wouldn’t be better to settle down somewhere, have some base of certainty and just go with “the easier way.” But then, when passing new structures in beautiful late-afternoon light while meeting new, interesting people, I am like, “um, not.” Even if it may be challenging at times, it is worthy of pursuing the way of life you love.

Thousands eyes.

Thousands eyes.

National Theatre

National Theatre

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Golden Jubilee Bridge at a golden hour

The dome across the Thames is St. Paul's Cathedral

The dome across the Thames is St. Paul's Cathedral

“caution, sharp edges”

“caution, sharp edges”

London is a rich city, and it lets you know it by the cost of living, but also by vehicles all around the downtown. All that Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, Ferraris and Aston Martins became something that don’t drag much of attention anymore, as they are on every other corner. If people want to show off here, they need something a bit more special. Like this rig I met near the Blackfriars Bridge:

 This 6x6 Brabus-pimped Mercedes G63 can’t be seen very often, that’s for sure. No wonder, they were selling for over $725,000 when new, and given that only a handful of them were built, they cost already more.

This 6x6 Brabus-pimped Mercedes G63 can’t be seen very often. No wonder, they were selling for over $725,000 when new, and given that only a handful of them was built, they cost already more.

Walking further, I got to see Tate Modern - A former power station, now converted to an art gallery. Yes, please!

Walking further, I got to see Tate Modern - A former coal power station, now converted to an art gallery. Yes please!

Millennium Bridge…

Millennium Bridge…

….under which was a movie filming in progress.

….under which was a movie filming in progress.

My next destination was the Shard, currently the tallest building in the European Union.

My next destination was the Shard, currently the tallest building in the European Union.

As it was getting darker, I took a pic of the central financial district, sitting on the other side of the river.

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..Going east was like going back in time a bit.

Going east was like going back in time a bit.

many cool brick streets in this section.

many cool brick streets in this section.

Finally, I arrived by the city hall and the Tower Bridge.

Finally, I arrived by the city hall and the Tower Bridge.

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It was already dark at that time, and I was tired, so I finished my way home by rail.

At that time it was already dark and I was tired, so I finished my way home by a rail.

More of the city’s corners soon. Thanks for reading!

This post is a part of the London Walks series.

Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories

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