Thursday, October 1, 2009

London Off the Beaten Track

For October's photo series, I'd like to show you around some lesser-known places in London. Places that don't exactly have the grandeur of, say, Westminster Abbey, but that don't have the crowds or the notoriety either.

The pelicans in St. James' Park: they're not your typical ducks or geese, and the entire setting is an absolute oasis. Can you believe that this is only a few steps away from the dreary government buildings of Whitehall?

The Lido in Hyde Park is my favorite place to get lunch in London. It looks rather dreary in this February photo, but on a sunny day, a table by the water is the place to be.

The World Food Cafe in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden is a close second. Everything is vegetarian, but that doesn't stop it from being delicious!

Hampstead Heath is a massive park in northern London, but it feels further away. Over the centuries, it has been a haven for artists and writers. It's an odd mix of expansive fields and dense forests, making it easy to see why C.S. Lewis used it as his inspiration for Narnia.

The Mineral Room in Harrod's, the world's largest store, offers everything from fossils and dinosaur bones to this incredible malachite table.

The Hammersmith Bridge spans the river Thames west of town. On the nearby bank is the most British bankside imaginable: a row of pubs.

Southbank Beach. Yes, there is a beach (of sorts) right in the center of town, stretching along the south bank of the river from Royal Festival Hall all the way down to the Globe Theatre. Admittedly it's no white-sand paradise, but at low tide there are sand castle builders and the sheer oddity of standing on a beach crowded in by familiar landmarks makes it worth a look.

Oh yeah, and happy 100th post :)

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