Most of my recent blog posts have been about me travelling to interesting destinations. For once I have managed to venture closer to home and captured my own home city, namely London. My better half had a night out with the girls where they were celebrating their school reunion, which did make me think of my high school days and that next year it will be 20 years since I had left school. So I took the opportunity to walk around and capture some of the sight at night, which is something that I had not yet done and has been one of the top things on my list to do this year. During the year I want to spend more time exploring the city, but will then focus on less photographed areas and hopefully it will be a lot warmer too.
I decided to focus on the area around the River Thames, to basically get all the tourist sights out the way. The train took me into Waterloo, and from there I headed over to London Bridge where I started my walk. The first thing you notice once you get off the train is the Shard. From my office which is near Charring Cross, you do not really get a real sense of how tall the Shard is. Standing almost underneath it and looking up, you get a new found sense of just how tall the building actually is. In the cold and rainy conditions off Saturday evening, the top of the Shard really did stand out as a bright beacon. One could also see that it was a very popular tourist attraction by the number of camera flashes you could see going off near the top of the structure.
My route took me past the HMS Belfast and onto Tower Bridge. Even though the conditions were not very favourable, it did not seem to stop people from visiting the sites, and the walkway itself was pretty busy. I was very glad it dressed appropriately for the evening and even that did not stop me from feeling like an icicle by the end of the evening. Just past Tower Bridge, I decided to turn around and make my way back along the river towards Waterloo. I stopped along the way at the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye. It is a great route to walk and definitely recommended for anyone to do at least once if not more.
Below are some of the photos from the night out and I hope you like them.