Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, it lies in a curve of the Thames. It was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514. The place was built into a palace which was so beautiful that the king himself grew jealous. Of course, it’s dangerous to make the king jealous. So, some time later Wolsey fell from power and died. The king took care of the property and built some more pieces to it.
This is not an optical illusion – it’s been shot in HDR. It is a picture of a staircase in the Somerset House in London, UK.
I think this is the Navy Staircase (later renamed the Nelson Stair) in the southern part of the building. Somerset House was originally a Tudor palace built in 1547 for Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset.
The Shard, is a skyscraper building under construction in Southwark, London. In front you see the entrance of the London Bridge railways and tube station. When completed in 2012, it will be the tallest buildingin the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world. The tower will stand 1,017 ft (310 m) tall and have 72 floors, plus 15 further radiator floors in the roof. The building has been designed with an irregular triangular shape from the base to the top. It will be clad entirely in glass. The viewing gallery and open-air observation deck will be on the top (72nd) floor.
There will be apartments and office space in there.
30 seconds exposure for a smooth Thames river at Vauxhall Bridge, London.
(30s / f.22 / iso 50)
Vauxhall Bridge crosses the Thames between Vauxhall on the south bank and Pimlico on the north bank. Nothing really to see here for a london tourist besides the MI6 Building near Vauxhall Bridge. MI6 also known as Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) is responsible for supplying the British Government with foreign intelligence.
Since closure (1983) Battersea Power Station (near battersea park) has remained largely unused, with numerous failed development plans from successive site owners. The site is currently owned by Irish company Real Estate Opportunities, who purchased it for £400 million in November 2006.The station is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. In 2004 the power station was on the World Monuments Fund‘s List of 100 Most Endangered Sites.
One of the main reasons for the power station’s worldwide recognition is that it has appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd‘s 1977 album, Animals. The inflatable pig was tethered to one of the power station’s southern chimneys, but broke loose from its moorings and, to the astonishment of pilots in approaching planes, rose into the flight path of Heathrow Airport. Police helicopters tracked its course, until it landed in Kent.
This is a video of the good men of Pink Floyd starting the inflatable pig:
This is a photo the Battersea Power Station’s control room in July 1933:
I like this vision of the transformation the Battersea Power Plant too – check it out.
Another gem of interesting buildings you can discover in London.
Funded by Prince Albert’s Royal Patriotic Fund, the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building was intended for the ‘Education and Training of three hundred Orphan Daughters of Soldiers, Seamen and Marines who perished in the Russian War, and for those who hereafter may require like succour’.
Today there are 27 flats, 20 studios, 15 workshops and 1 bar & restaurant together with 2 large office units in the Chapel. While the profile of residents has changed over the years, probably due to ever increasing flat prices in London, the intended mix of designers, artists, craftsmen, architects, and of course the drama school has remained amongst the commercial users.