UK1994-Part1-London

In 1994 Anne and I took 3 weeks of my sabbatical from Apple to go to the UK. We spent 2 weeks in London and the middle week traveling around southern England and Wales. I took nearly 20 rolls of film on this trip. This is Part 1 of my Album from that trip, covering the time we spent around London Proper.

I can be reached at "szyslr" at "galleryszy.stevenanne.net". I also have a blog: "Sighs and Musings".

UK1994-Part1-London : Our Sloane Square Flat

One of the very good pieces of advice we received before going to London was to not stay in a hotel; but rather rent a flat (an apartment) for the duration of our stay. It provided several advantages: we had a place to store and re-heat leftovers; we could eat-in if we wanted, and it gave us an excuse to go shopping for food, which gave us a better perspective on how people live.

So, we rented a flat just off Sloane Square (a cool, upscale neighborhood) in the London Borough of Chelsea. It was on the 3rd floor of the darker building on the left. Sloane Square was about 100 meters to the left of this shot.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Street Sign

The flat was located on the street "Sloane Gardens" (which led into one corner of the square). Here's the quite fancy street sign.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Sloane Gardens

This is a view down Sloane Gardens. You can see the building our flat was in on the left. I was standing just about at the corner of the square on this shot, so that gives you a feel for how close we were.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Sloane Square

Here's a view looking across Sloane Square proper.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Sloane Square 2

At one end of the square were these buildings, including a very nice old theatre. Just to the right of this shot is the underground station (see next shot).

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UK1994-Part1-London : Sloane Square Undergound

Here's the entry to the Sloane Square Underground (subway) station. London has an absolutely wonderful public transportation system - both trains (known as "the Underground") and busses, both of which are quite safe. We very rarely has the need to take taxis, although as we grew to knew the city better we tended to walk more.

Sloan Gardens, the street we lived on, fed into the square just to the left of this shot.

By the way, the term "Subway" in London refers to an underground pedestrian walkway - usually a means to cross a busy street via a tunnel, not the system of trains used to get around the city. I'm sure a lot of Americans have gotten quite confused following rather common signs pointing to a "Subway".

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UK1994-Part1-London : Kings Road

This is the view up Kings Road, which feeds into another corner of Sloane Square. Kings Road was the hip, upscale shopping district (lots of little boutiques). For those from Boston, think Newbury Street.

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UK1994-Part1-London : NOT "London Bridge"

This is a shot of "Tower Bridge" (so named because it crosses the Thames at the Tower of London - the Tower complex is behind an to the left in this shot).

I've known a lot of Americans who refer to this as "London Bridge" - it is not. As it turns out, "London Bridge" is in Lake Havasu, Arizona in the USA (someone bought it and moved it).

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Bridge 2

A nice shot of Tower Bridge. It really is a very pretty piece of engineering and architecture.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Bridge 3

Another view of Tower Bridge. There is a museum about the bridge in the of the towers (you walk up to different rooms), and then you can go out on the two walkways you see in this shot.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Bridge 4

Yet another view of Tower Bridge

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Bridge 5

Tower bridge actually has four towers. The two tall ones you always see in the middle, and two smaller ones on the ends. This is one of the smaller ones.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Bridge Detail 1

One of the street lights on Tower Bridge. I include this just to show some of the pretty architectural details on the bridge. Note, the shade of blue you see on the bridge was Queen Victoria's favorite color.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Bridge Detail 2

More Architectural detail.

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UK1994-Part1-London : View from Tower Bridge 1

This is a view from the top of Tower Bridge, looking North East. Actually, I realize now that I have this shot reversed. Near the right of the show you can see the dome of St. Paul's, and the green near the left edge is part of the Tower of London complex.

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UK1994-Part1-London : View from Tower Bridge 2

Similar to the previous shot, but zoomed in to give a better view of the dome of St. Paul's.

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UK1994-Part1-London : View from Tower Bridge 3

Now we are looking east from Tower Bridge, toward Greenwich (which is just on the horizon).

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UK1994-Part1-London : View from Tower Bridge 4

Back to looking west again, this time zoomed into see the HMS Belfast and an even closer look at St. Paul's.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Tower from Tower Bridge

This is the view of a very small piece of the Tower of London complex from Tower Bridge.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Tower of London

Here's a look at the Tower of London from across the Thames River. Actually, this still isn't the entire complex - there's more to both the left and right of this shot, I just couldn't get it all in.

When I had heard people talk about the "Tower of London" I always though of it as a single tall building. What I was amazed to discover was that "the tower" is actually a small city encircled by walls and a moat. It has several streets and a multitude of buildings. The complex started as a single tower (which evolved into the tall building with the flag in this shot); but by the time people talked about "being sent to the tower", it was already a city-within-a-city, and the prisoners were never kept in the old tower - which was usually used as am armory. Most prisoners were kept in the low white building you see just to left of center in this shot. The arch along the waterline to left of center was the "traitor's gate", which was where prisoners were taken into the complex; but more on that later.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Tower of London 2

Another shot of a piece of the tower of London. The building on right was where most of the famous prisoners were kept.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Tower of London 3

The Tower complex from the West (across a fairly major road). See "The Parapet" below for a reverse shot.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Bridge from Tower Moat

A view of Tower Bridge from along the moat on the east edge of the Tower complex.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Tower of London 4

Another shot of the tower complex from outside. The tall building you see with the four turrets (three of which are visible here) is what the original tower evolved into - it is now known as "The White Tower". It was added to over the years (which is why each of the four turrets is different).

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Turrets

Each of the turrets in the The White Tower were built in the reign of a different monarch and has a different style.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Courtyard 1

Here's a look across one of the large courtyards inside the tower.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Courtyard 1

Here's looking roughly the opposite direction from the last picture.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tudor Corner 1

One corner of the tower was developed in the Tudor period and had classic Tudor architecture.

Note the black bird in the lower left - one of the Tower's famous ravens.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tudor Corner 2

Another view of the Tudor corner. The monument in the foreground is where private beheadings were conducted.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Royal Fusilier Museum

One of the buildings in the complex is a museum on the history of the Royal Fusiliers (one of the more famous units in the British army).

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Jewel Tower

The long line you see going into this building are the people waiting to see the crown jewels. Well worth the wait.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Chapel of St. Peter

The church for the Tower of London.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower of London Streets 1

Looking from between the Royal Fusilier Museum (on the left) and the Jewel Tower (on the right) toward The White Tower.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower of London Streets 2

A good view of one of the many streets inside the tower.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower of London Streets 3

Same street, looking the other way.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower of London Streets 4

A different street (I think)

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower of London Streets 5

Another cross-street. You can see Tower Bridge on the left.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower of London Streets 6

Another street

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Parapet

This is the view off the top of the wall on the West edge of the Tower complex. This is essentially the reverse of the shot in "The Tower of London 3" above.

Oh, and the woman on the right is Anne, my wife (not the most complimentary shot I have).

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UK1994-Part1-London : Yeoman Warder

This is one of the Yeoman Warder's of the tower - the official guards of the complex, who also serve as tour guides. Also known as "Beefeaters". These men are actually retired master sergeants from the army who have a perfect service record. It is a high honor to be accepted into the ranks of the Yeoman Warders, and the Warders and their families get to live in the Tower (they are these days the only permanent residents).

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Traitor's Gate

Political prisoners who were to be held at the Tower were generally brought in by boat though this gate, hence the name.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Traitor's Gate Landing

The steps where the prisoners would walk up into Tower.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Guards at the Tower

In addition to the Yeoman Warder, there is also a small number of palage guards on duty.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Guards at the Tower 2

Same Guard, on patrol.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Guards at the Tower 2

Same Guard, same patrol

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Ravens 1

One of the ravens of the tower. Legend has it that if the ravens every leave the tower, the monarchy will fall. Just in case, the keeper of the ravens clips one of the wings so they are unable to fly long distances.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Ravens 2

Another raven.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Raven Houses

The small peaked sturstures you see at the back of teh grass are the homes for the ravens.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Anachronism

I just loved that they built a tennis court in the moat.

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UK1994-Part1-London : NOT "Big Ben"

The building in the center is the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster. It is not, as some people think, " Big Ben ". "Big Ben" is actually the name of the bell that chimes the hours, not the clock or the clock tower, so you can "hear big Ben chime"; but very few people have actually seen Big Ben.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Clock Tower

A better view of clock tower at the Palace of Westminster, along with the Eastern end of the palace itself

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UK1994-Part1-London : Palace of Westminster 1

The next few shots are of piece of the Palace of Westminster, which is where the houses of parliament meeting. Unfortunately, I never got a really good picture of the whole thing on this trip.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Palace of Westminster 2

More of the Palace of Westminster.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Palace of Westminster 3

More of the Palace of Westminster.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Palace of Westminster 4

Palace of Westminster
The west end of the Palace. Between this and the shot in "Clock Tower" above, you get most of it.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Westminster Abbey

The front of Westminster Abbey, across from the Palace of Westminster. Note the left tower was undergoing renovations. That's one problem we've had with taking pictures of major landmarks - there is almost always some part which is buried in scaffolding.

This the Anglican Church were British coronations traditionally take place.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Prayer

My Records are not completely clear which church this was on; but I think it was Westminster Abbey.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Westminster Cathedral

This is Westminster Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Buckingham Palace

This is Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen while she is in London.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Buckingham Palace 2

A closer view of the main gate to Buckingham Palace.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Buckingham Palace Gate

A close-up of one of the side gates to Buckingham Palace.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Buckingham Palace Guard

A member of the royal guard unit currently stationed at the palace. This is one of two places where you can see "the changing of the guard".These are real combat units who rotate through the role of guarding the queen and her home. While on duty, they live in Wellington Barracks, around the corner. In later years (but not in 1994), my in-laws owned a flat behind Wellington Barracks.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Queen Victoria Memorial

This enormous memorial is directly in front of Buckingham Palace (the picture "Buckingham Palace" above was taken from the steps of the memorial).

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UK1994-Part1-London : Queen Victoria Memorial 2

A closer shot of the memorial.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Mall

This is the view down "The Mall" - the grand boulevard that leads from Buckingham Palace down to Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. I'm standing on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial facing away from Buckingham Palace. This is the street down which all of the big state processions run. To the right of The Mall is St. James Park.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Downing Street 1

The corner of Downing Street (where the prime minister lives) and Whitehall (the street where all of the old government ministries had their headquarters). The gates keep the tourists and other undesirables away.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Downing Street 2

A view down Downing Street. The police officer (white shirt on the right) is approximately in front of Number 10.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Downing Street 3

This is a view of almost the entire length of Downing Street. It is reqlly quite short.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Saint Paul's Cathedral

Saint Pauls is the "big" church in London. While Westminster Abbey gets used for offical state occasions, Saint Pauls is used for more public events. This is good shot of the interior.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Saint Paul's 2

Some of the interior details. Lots of gold, all around.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Indian Army Memorial

There are a lot of little memorials inside Saint Paul's. This one commemorates the service of members of Her Majesty's Indian Army.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Saint Paul's Stained Glass 1

As noted, no set of pictures of a church in the UK is complete without some shots of stained glass.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Saint Paul's Stained Glass 2

more

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UK1994-Part1-London : Saint Paul's Stained Glass 3

and more

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UK1994-Part1-London : Horse Guards

This is the headquarters building for Her Majesty's Horse Guards - the cavalry force assigned to protect the queen. There are always 2 guards on duty out front (in the two booths on either side), and this is the other place (beside Buckingham Palace) where one can go to see the changing of the guard. This shot is taken from the Whitehall side of the building, the back side abuts St. James park on the other side from Buckingham Palace.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Close up of Horse Guard

A closer look at one of the guards on duty.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Changing of the (Horse) Guards 1

The next few shots are part of the ceremony (most of which take place in the back courtyard of the building, which is where this is).

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UK1994-Part1-London : Changing of the (Horse) Guards 2

A very good shot of the guard's livery.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Changing of the (Horse) Guards 3

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UK1994-Part1-London : More of Horse Guards

This is a shot of another part of the Horse Guards complex. To the left of this shot is St. James, to the right is Whitehall.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Nelson's Column

A picture of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

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UK1994-Part1-London : War Memorial

A Monument in the middle of Whitehall.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Abraham Lincoln

Across from Parliament is park with many statues of famous citizens of the UK (folks like Churchill). There is also one non-UK-citizen among them - Abraham Lincoln.

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UK1994-Part1-London : It pays to wander

One of our great pleasures in London is just to wander around the city on foot. There are often hidden surprises in unexpected places. This is a beautiful little garden we stumbled across quite by accident while trying to find a short-cut.

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UK1994-Part1-London : It pays to wander

Another interesting find.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Berlin Wall

This is a segment of the Berlin Wall that now stands in front of the Imperial War Museum.

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UK1994-Part1-London : An Amusing Mall

This is small shopping mall we discovered (near the London Dungeon Museum) with an interesting sculpture in the middle.

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UK1994-Part1-London : An Amusing Mall

A better shot of the scupture.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Max Headroom

10 points if you know why I took this picture (wish it came out better)

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UK1994-Part1-London : Cleopatra's Needle

One of the better things we did on this visit was a day-trip to Greenwich which included a boat ride down the Thames River and back. The next several shots were taken on the boat trip along the Thames.

This shot in specific is of Cleopatra's Needle (one of many piece of plunder you can find around the city).

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UK1994-Part1-London : The London Fire Memorial

The London Fire Memorial

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower of London from Thames

The Tower of London

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UK1994-Part1-London : Tower Bridge from Thames

Tower Bridge

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UK1994-Part1-London : Detail on Tower Bridge from Thames

Detail on Tower Bridge

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UK1994-Part1-London : A Pub on the Thames

A Pub

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UK1994-Part1-London : London Architecture

This is a good picture to show just how diverse London Architecture is.

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UK1994-Part1-London : More London Architecture

More London Architecture.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

It was still under construction at this point; but one of the more interesting sights to see these days is the re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. It is today a fully functioning theatre based as close as they could get it to what the original looked and felt like (with a few concessions such as a sprinkler system).

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UK1994-Part1-London : Even more london Architecture

like I said

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UK1994-Part1-London : Blackfriar's bridge

A bit of detail on Blackfriar's bridge. The pedestal was actually taken from some church.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Royal Naval College

The Royal Naval College in Greenwich

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UK1994-Part1-London : Royal Naval College 2

A bit of a close-up of the previous shot.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Cutty Sark

The sailing ship is the Cutty Sark - the last great tea clipper. The dome to the right of it is the entrance to a tunnel (constructed in the 1800) that leads under the Thames

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Prime Meridian

While it is true that most of the lines that you see on maps don't really exist, this is one of the few exceptions. Just to left of center you san see a line that runs up the lawn - that marks 0 degrees longitude - the prime meridian. They re-chalk it once a week.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Another view up the lawn toward the observatory. The observatory was placed here because it was far enough away from central London that pollution was not as much of a problem; but it was on a hill so that flag signals from the observatory (marking exact times) could be seen from the city.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Down the lawn

Essentially the reverse of the previous shot.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Towards London

A view from the observatory towards central London.

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UK1994-Part1-London : The Royal Observatory, close up

A close shot of the original observatory building

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UK1994-Part1-London : More of the Observatory

Some of the newer buildings.

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UK1994-Part1-London : More of the Observatory 2

More of the newer buildings

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UK1994-Part1-London : Standing on the Prime Meridian

They provide a nice polished windows so you can take a picture of your self taking a picture on the prime meridian.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Lattitudes

Along one stretch of the Meridian they have marked the latitudes of various major cities.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Official measures

Here's one of the old offical clocks. Below it are various offical length markings.

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UK1994-Part1-London : Greenwich Mean Time

Anne, standing beside the modern offical clock which maintains "Greenwch Mean Time"

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