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London Walk: From Exhibition Road to Kensington Gardens to Knightbridge

The skies were grey over London that day – which is typical and an inseparable part of the city’s landscape – and indeed we should count ourselves lucky that it did not rain, great to keep my camera out of the bag. 

Photographing under low light situations is quite tricky though, most of my shots came out very dark but then I realize, that’s what London is all about, the sober images of old brick-red buildings towering over silhouettes of trees, people and all.  It is exactly that which gives the city a very unique atmosphere.

Let’s start the photowalk, starting at the Liverpool Street station.

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Sculptures relating to the sufferings of the Jews during the Nazi era are scattered in various cities of Europe and they all create very poignant emotions to the viewer.  This one installed in Liverpool Street Station is the work of Venezuelan-born Flor Kent in 2003.  It commemorates the Kindertransport – the name given to the rescue mission by which Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria; Chzechoslovakia, Poland and the Free City of Danzig were saved from the Nazis and moved to England.    

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Catching a connecting tube at the Victoria Station, this image of Queen Victoria is a familiar sight on coins, stamps, jewelry, etc.

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The Victoria & Albert Museum building viewed from Exhibition Road
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Black cabs no more, London taxis now come out in a variety of colours

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….and popularly used for advertising brands.

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Michelin jackets are a common sight in the winter but to have them all in orange is quite an attention-getter!  Seen from the window of the Natural History Museum just across the road. 

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The cathedral-looking building of the Natural History Museum (1881), seen at the corner of Cromwell and Exhibition roads

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Exhibition Road

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They are often called Boris Bikes, referring to London’s Mayor Boris Johnson who, during his administration, that the public bicycle scheme was launched, although it was the idea of his predecessor, Ken Livingston.  Barclays, as the name written on the bikes, is one of UK’s biggest bank and is a sponsor to the scheme.

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A milestone dated 1911 located on the southside of Knightsbridge and east of the Royal Albert Hall.

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Kensington Gore, the curving street next to the Royal Albert Hall. 

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Royal Albert Hall, 1871

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The mosaic frieze outside the Royal Albert Hall depicting “The Triumph of Arts and Sciences”.

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The Royal College of Music, 1882

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Wrought iron gates at Kensington Gardens

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A walk along the plane trees at Kensington Gardens

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 Inside the garden is a seated statue of Prince Albert under a gothic-style pavilion.  It is known as the Albert Memorial (1872).

Designed by Sir George Gilbert, it was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861.
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From the memorial, you can see a good view of the Royal Albert Hall across the road.  The white sculpture forms the outer corner part of the Albert Memorial 

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The four inner corners of the pavilion consist of sculptures depicting Victorian arts and sciences.  This is the Engineering sculpture, the other three are Manufacturing, Commerce and Agriculture.

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The four sculptures on the outer corners represent the four continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.  The one on the picture is that of Europe.

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From Kensington Gardens, we crossed the road and walked through Hyde Park searching for Princess Diana’s memorial but the gate to her fountain memorial was locked so we turned our attention to this interesting statue instead.

Isis, a sculpture beside the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, by Simon Gudgeon

Isis is the Egyptian  goddess of nature and was made the symbol of an ambitious appeal to raise £2.2 million towards the new Isis Education Centre.

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Here is a plaqued dedication of a satisfied group of tourists of the city.  Other dedications come from companies, private individuals and even in memory of a departed loved one. 

At her base there are 1,000 plaques available for personal dedication. Every plaque helps raise vital funds towards the new Isis Education Centre, an exciting facility where young people can learn about the natural world in the middle of the city.

There is a limited number of plaques remaining, so dedicate an Isis plaque today and help thousands of children discover the wonders of nature at the Isis Education Centre….http://www.supporttheroyalparks.org/explore/isis

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Finished with our garden-hopping and night is falling anyway, it’s time to find the nearest underground station, where else but in Knighstbridge.  And oh, since we are already there, might as well take a night shot of Harrods and the London cabs.

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It’s the Sale season, the best time to shop!

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