London at night

One evening a few weeks ago I took a wrong turn whilst cycling an unfamiliar route home. I found myself in a one-way system before being spat out over Waterloo Bridge, forcing me across the river and away from home. Initially I was annoyed at my stupid navigational error, but my frustration was soon forgotten as I emerged from the built up city streets and started crossing the water. LOOK AT THAT VIEW! I’d completely forgotten – the views right and left from Waterloo Bridge at night have long been my favourite views in London, but I hadn’t seen them for years. This little episode inspired me to go back another day with my camera to try and take some cool shots.

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The usual route home – weave through built up streets before blasting down the embankment as shown here. A simple and (relatively) free flowing expressway home.

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My preferred route home is the most efficient path from A to B, hence why I never normally cycle over Waterloo Bridge. That’s a shame, but at least it means I haven’t got bored of the view. The first glance to the side whilst riding onto the bridge hints at a decent view beginning to emerge…

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Once out in the middle it hits you – the space, the huge view, the famous landmarks, the lights, the colours. It’s rare to have a clear view over this sort of distance within the confines of London.

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So much for the eyes to take in, a thousand lights and buildings all glowing under the night sky.

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The other side isn’t bad either. Unfortunately I’d chosen one of the coldest nights of the winter and forgotten to bring any decent warm clothes. Result = I froze myself to the bone standing on a breezy sub-zero bridge! I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes as I made my way home.

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I decided to head out for another round of night/bridge photos a few weeks later, this time near Tower Bridge (and equipped with a decent coat, hat and gloves!) I stood here for ages trying to get a clear shot, but a load of tourists (perhaps fooled by my wide-angle lens) kept walking into my frame. Although when this Japenese girl managed to stay fairly still for the 15 second exposure I decided to go with it – I quite like having her there in the corner, firing away on her own camera.

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London’s most famous bridge – rammed full of traffic and tourists.

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Pretty cool neon underlighting…

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The newly built ‘Shard’ sticks out above the rest of London’s skyline. I hadn’t noticed the bright colours illuminating HMS Belfast and London Bridge in the distance before tonight. Interesting choices!

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One last shot before heading home – walking through the shiny new More London complex on my way to the station.