Lesser Spotted London06 March, 2018 London, UK
Fresh eyes are a very valuable organ when travelling! People can wear the same path through a place every day but rarely stop to see the everyday especially when caught up in the fast pace of one of the world’s most thriving urban hubs. On my latest visit to London I decided to look at it from a new angle, one that may not present itself as readily to people trying to fit this metropolis into a weekend. I still intended to indulge in a West End show, an exhibition in the V&A and a drink on the top floor of The Shard. However while making my way around this familiar urban hub on foot and rail I opted to explore some of the more tucked away locations and while visiting many of the famous ones searched for new details in them while also enjoying the postcard views that have earned London its landmark reputation.
Walking through it it’s easy to forget the significant river flowing over you – yet another testament to London’s engineering.
In larger cities transports and movement have always intrigued me. London is a testament to a superb transport system and impeccable engineering. Below ground sits another world as people circumnavigating the city move in autopilot through a maze of linked and tiered tunnels. To stop for a while and watch this world happen around you is a fascinating window into what first appears to be a seemingly mundane routine. To capture it is to show how truly special the seemingly every day can be.
In keeping with the underground theme I came up for air only to venture below again. Beyond Canary Wharf at Island Gardens I found the modest brick structure that took me spiralling below ground under the Thames into Greenwich Foot Tunnel. This pedestrian tunnel, almost reminiscent of a war bunker, links north and south London under the Thames River. Walking through it it’s easy to forget the significant river flowing over you – yet another testament to London’s engineering.
No trip to London would be complete without a stroll along South Bank and a visit to the Tate Modern. Excited to see the newly opened extension and forever enamoured with the views along the South Bank I was looking for both details and fresh perspectives in both to illustrate why the smallest details matter and why it’s not always the most obvious views that are the winners. (Especially when standing on one of Europe’s shakiest bridges!)