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In which we walk from Islington to Bankside

I walked around London a lot last week. Wednesday, for example.

I started in Islington, along the canal, and wandered downwards. Past the remains of City Road underground station, through Clerkenwell and Farringdon to Smithfield, along Charterhouse Street and Grand Avenue. I walked under the restored Temple Bar to St Pauls. Then across the Millennium Bridge.

Some sort of film shoot was going on on the Millennium Bridge. A Bollywood movie, maybe, or a dance video. I lurked about with my camera, trying to work out what was going on.

Canal near Islington City Road station Grand Avenue, Smithfield Temple Bar St Pauls Millennium Bridge Millennium Bridge Tate Modern

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5 comments on “Wander”

  1. Leonard says:

    Is there a “TAKE PHOTO HERE” sign at City Road Station? Or is it that there is only one obvious place to take the photo from?

    The reason I ask is that I had been looking at this photo of it on the German wikipedia a couple of days ago:

    And when I saw yours I thought you had (for some rather odd, and unneccesary reason) stolen it… but of course you haven’t (why would you?) as the posters are different.

    I know that there must be hundreds of similar photos of somewhere like St. Pauls (though yours here gets it at a rather fun angle) but City Road Station? I find it somewhat unnerving.

  2. Forest Pines says:

    “Across Central Street” is the obvious angle to take City Road Station photos from, really. I took photos of the City Road side too, but they didn’t come out as well. City Road is wide and busy and the junction has lots of traffic lights and other furniture that end up in the photo. The site I linked to has a photo of the City Road side, though; it’s about 25 years old, when there were apparently no traffic lights at that junction.

    I should have thought of trying to take photos from up close, though, or around the back.

  3. Leonard says:

    I am guessing it is the same view as this, isn’t it?:

    Presumably it is, the posters being where the big door is (you can make out the Doric columns from the window above in the brickwork) but it all looks so much more slender, probably just an optical illusion from the addition of the big pillbox like ventilation shaft on the top, and the rest being demolished. And the big pillars which appear to be brick in the old photograph, I guess they have just been rendered, rather than being stone.

  4. Forest Pines says:

    Yes, it is. You can see the different-textured brickwork on the first panel of the right-hand wall in both pictures, and the bricked-up window above the entrance.

    Oddly, the main entrance was bricked up on the 1980s photo I linked to, but boarded up on mine.

  5. Leonard says:

    Oh yes… how funny, they must have opened it up again for some reason. I really should stop playing abandoned-tube-station-spot-the difference (a fun game for all the family) now and go and do some work. Harrumph.

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