London life pensions are low, life can be tough in London. Rents are high and the general as well as the work situation is highly competitive.
The flute player did not have a pension plan I take it. He should have used a pension calculator.
Part of the borough of Wandsworth Tooting Broadway is full diversity and people you can take pictures ever and ever again. Am missing it! There are not fancy shops or pubs there, its more the real London – without being to much of East London.
Amongst the interesting places in London the London Bridge is good to watch commuters. Especially bankers – every morning there’s an army of suspicous people walking from London Bidge Station towards the city. A true spectacle – a sad rat race.
It’s also a good starting point for places to visit near London.
This photo was taken in 2005 when I was working in the area.
If you’re looking for places to live in London Elephant & Castle should not be on your list. Or if you’re local you’d only say the elephant. Or you like the wired things then go to the elephant & castle pub.
Anyway it seems like a “failed utopia” – council houses just never work for nobody. In this case the concept behind the construction of the estate was of a modern living environment. The neo-brutalist architectural aesthetic was one of tall, concrete blocks dwarfing smaller blocks, surrounding central communal gardens. The architect’s concept was to link all areas of the estate via concrete bridges, so there was no need for residents to walk on pavements or along roads. But the estate was once a popular place to live, the flats being thought light and spacious, but the estate later developed a reputation for crime, poverty and dilapidation. Residents complained about constant noise, crime and threats of violence. The sheer scale of many of the blocks also meant there was little sense of community.
There are not so many Bavarian beer houses in London – although German beer is available in most of the pubs. Checking a London restaurant guide you might find maybe 3-4 proper German restaurants in London (the rest is rubbish bratwurst fake, mind you there’s a new one in Soho where I had Bratwurst Nachos the other day).
This picture was taken at the Great British Beer Festival held at Earls Court in London. It’s a shame there are no Oktoberfest costumes (dirndl dress) to see – this would have make me feel 100% like being in a Bavarian beer garden.
There are some grim and rough places around London. Of course East London but also close to the centre, Elephant & Castle where the infamous Haygate Estate is located, is a candidate and this is where the photo was taken. Only the toughest London photographers go there…
You might wanna check out as well: Colliers Wood Tower – London where it really hurts