London, September 2005 − Travels − Captain Tom

London, September 2005

Three days business trip to London

There was no dinner organized so I have taken the time to do two walks around the city. I wante to try London Eye and I wanted to have a closer look at the new Swiss Re building.

My hotel was located at Ludgate Hill road which leads directly to St. Paul's Cathedral
On the day of my arrival I have taken this picture out of my hotel room. It shows parts of St. Paul's Cathedral. In the very moment I took the picture I got hit by a search light of a helicopter
The next evening the first walk over Blackfriars bridge and then along the banks of river Thames to London Eye. Then I went over Westminster Bridge to Big Ben and then on the other side of river Thames to the Golden Jubilee Bridges at Charing Cross. Then back to the other side of the river and towards Millennium Bridge and then passing St. Paul's back to the hotel.
On Blackfriars Bridge I can see Tower Bridge in a distance
London Eye from Blackfriars Bridge
Nice light mood
Boat at the banks of the river
View back to St. Paul's Cathedral
Shell tower is located directly at the river. It has been built in 1961 and is 107m high
London Eye
Views while waiting
Something is going on
The ride starts
View over river Thames
View to St. Paul's Cathedral
View to Golden Jubilee Bridges and Southwark Bridge
Waterloo Station
The wheel
City views
In a distance I can spot Swiss Re Building
Another view to St. Paul's Cathedral
Charing Cross Station
Big Ben
View to the waiting line
Charing Cross
The arch of the new Wembley Stadium
St. James's Park
Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
Something is going on
More views
View over Shell Tower
Docklands in a distance - well to spot is Canary Wharf
Waterloo Station
Back to earth view to Westminster Bridge with Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
London Eye
Big Ben
London Eye from the other side of the river
Something is going on
Views from Golden Jubilee Bridges in dusk
Night views of river Thames

The next evening I wanted to go into the opposite direction. Via Millennium Bridge along river Thames to Tower Bridge, from there to Swiss Re building and then back to St. Paul's Cathedral
In front of the hotel
In front of St. Paul's Cathedral
Salvation Army as built a hyper modern building
Millennium Bridge of Sir Norman Foster
On the opposite side Tate Modern Gallery in an old power plant building
Shakespeare Globe Theatre can be seen from the bridge
Directly at Globe Theatre
Swiss Re Building comes closer
HMS Belfast is a museum boat
Tower Bridge
London City Hall
View to London Tower
Swiss Re
Docklands and Canary Wharf
I cross Tower Bridge
The Tower
Evening mood at river Thames
Big yacht with helicopter
Approaching Swiss Re Building
Next to it Lloyds Tower
The monument reminds of a big fire in 1666

What else?
In London old and new seem to fit quite well
I had two hours delay on the airport. But I spotted the 50th Aniversary Lufthansa Jet painted like 50 years ago.
Preparations for a flight to Johannesburg