London is my favourite city bar none, of course I'm strongly biased, I was born and raised in the north of England but worked in London for many years. Over that time I came to enjoy almost every aspect of this truly cosmopolitan city.
I have walked hundreds, if not thousands of miles along its streets and yet seen only a snapshot of the incredible melee that draws so many visitors from around the world. Because there are so many wonderful things to see throughout the city it's difficult to squeeze in any more than the usual circuit of 'big name' attractions, and there's nothing wrong with doing just that.
But there is so much more, more beauty, more history and more wonder in every step along the city streets that even Londoners walk by daily without noticing much of it. There are ferryman's seats along the river, there's a lighthouse tucked away in docklands, french canon from the battle of waterloo used as street bollards, original gas powered street lights, a scattering of execution sites and England smallest police station which is in one of the busiest areas in the city and unseen by almost all who pass by.
I think perhaps I'm missing home, and more specifically, London. I miss the people, sights, sounds and smells of this wonderful city. I miss the incredible diversity of photographic topics and the thrill of the chase in image making on the bustling streets. I miss the staggering amount of options when seeking food, entertainment or pastimes.
Perhaps I should be thinking of another London photo tour, it was on the last one that I made this image of the beautiful 14th century Leadenhall Market. Though featured in many films, books and even music videos it remains 'quiet' in terms of tourism.
Early morning is the best time to go for open images like the one below, because once the day gets going there will always be foot traffic in good volume passing through in all directions. Leadenhall is not the least known attraction in London but it is one that relatively few tourists visit. You'll find an entrance on Gracechurch Street to get you started, and you'll no doubt find a myriad of images around the small stores and adjoining alleyways too.
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