I went up to London for a Heritage Open Days event where we shared experiences of organising Heritage Days. We attended some seminars. The key message in 2015 is to try something new.
The event was held at the Freemasons Hall. The Hall was built as a memorial to the 3,225 Freemasons who died on active service in World War I. This figure is a detail from the war memorial.
Being in London, I also looked in at the British Museum,
and wandered nearby streets including the area round Tottenham Court Road underground, which is being redeveloped to make a cross-rail terminal.
Then it was home via Marble Arch.
The Imperial War Museum was founded in 1917 and currently hosts an exhibition on the Centenary of WW1. The two great naval guns outside dated from that era. The exhibition was fascinating.
One of a number of pieces of ceramic sculpture in a church belfry in Bethnell Green.
Under the railway arches at Bethnell Green.
The museum of Childhood in Bethnell Green.
Coming up the shiny escalator at Canary Wharf.
Seeing the shiny buildings at Canary Wharf.
The world looks more mysterious when viewed through a peep hole.
We should have gone direct to the viewing area, and not looked at the other sites.
crystal shops like this…
, party shops…
In the end when we did get to a tube station, an announcement kept repeating ‘The viewing area for the fireworks is full. There will be no more admissions.’
We drove back to home just in time to hear Auld Lang Syne being sung in East Saint Helen’s Street. Happy 2009!
This bridge at Brixton always used to give me the feeling that I was entering London proper when coming from the South on the A23. To me it was the gateway to the capital. London seems to have grown, and even Purley and Croydon a few miles south with their red zones and London Corporation crests feel more like part of the capital now.
When I found him, he was in one of his favourite haunts – Brick Lane in London