By: JohnnyTomorrow

Sep 30 2011

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Category: Holidays and Trips, Photography, Travel


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On a recent trip to London I did my best to take a few images of some of the sights of England’s capital city.

My daughter enjoyed watching the world whizz by from the window of the train on the way there.

Of course one of the first things tourists head for is the Clock Tower at the houses of parliament. No, it’s not called Big Ben. The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. Apparently the bell is named after Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works 1855-1858. The bell actually cracked soon after it was installed but rather than remove it and replace it (this was the second bell to be cast after the first one cracked while being tested) it was decided to replace the hammer with a lighter one and adjust the angle so that it struck in a different place. The crack remains in the bell to this day.

One of the highlights of the trip was our “flight” on the London Eye. We had a “hosted pod” and while on board we learned that at it’s top the London Eye measures 135 metres, each of the 32 capsules weighs 10 tonnes and each rotation takes about 30 minutes, meaning a capsule travels at 26cm per second. As you would expect the view from the top was amazing. We were lucky enough to have very clear weather and could see all of the major sights.

A trip on the river Thames gave us some great shots of St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the London skyline as the sun began to set. St Paul’s Cathedral is actually the fifth cathedral to have stood on the site since 604, and was built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London

Then it was off to Covent Garden and Trafalgar square.

At the centre of the square is Nelson’s Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). The original name was to have been “King William the Fourth’s Square”, but it was then suggested the name “Trafalgar Square” be used instead. When the square was laid out in the 1840s, the fountains’ primary purpose was not aesthetic, but rather to reduce the open space available and therefore the risk of riotous assembly!

Why not check out my recent post on our stay in a traditional North American Teepee.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my images. Please feel free to leave a comment.


6 comments on “London”

  1. I love that city, and your photos are amazing!

  2. […] If so why don’t you check out my recent post on our stay in London. […]

  3. You’ve picked out some of my favourite landmarks too. Love the overhead lines in the train pic, too.

  4. […] You can read more on our trip by clicking here […]

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