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Last Saturday evening we drove down to White City in West London to look at potential cars to buy. After perusing for an hour we were feeling restless so we decided to take a drive through areas of London I'd never been to before, or had never seen from a car. It was great fun and there was virtually no traffic so we flew through the city without any problems. Not to mention Max knows his way through the city really well. We drove through Richmond Park, Barnes, Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush, White City, Paddington, Kings Cross, The City, Holborn, Soho, Battersea, Chelsea, Fulham, Putney, and Wimbledon Village.

It's such a different feeling seeing London from a car rather than on foot or train, it gave me a much better idea of how it all fits together. Particularly strange was driving through the masses of people in Soho, it reminded me how cars make us disconnected observers; I'm much more used to being part of that mass of people. There is so much of London that tourists will never see unless they have a local drive them around.

As a side note, we had a great night out with Andy and Zoe last night <3. Andy and I geeked out talking about digital cameras. He is purchasing the Nikon D100 soon, which made me quite envious.


Young stags in Richmond Park.














Hammersmith Bridge.


BBC headquarters, White City.








St. Pancras Station.




Women out on a hen night.










The City.











The Erotic Gherkin.
















St. Paul's Cathedral.




The Cuban Embassy, High Holborn.


Between Chinatown and Soho, The West End.













Battersea Power Station.

If anyone remembers this post I made awhile ago, that building to the right of the power station is where the penthouse is located.







Battersea Park.
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On July 23rd, 2004 04:30 am (UTC), springheel_jack commented:
what is a hen night and why do they dress the same?
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On July 23rd, 2004 04:35 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Bachelorette party. It's a common sight in this country, they usually dress up in some kind of humiliating garb and get paralytic.
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On July 23rd, 2004 05:10 am (UTC), springheel_jack replied:
I guess it's the dressing alike that threw me.
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On July 23rd, 2004 05:22 am (UTC), josef_barghest commented:
Ahhhhhhh, so many of my favourite haunts. Soho is my spiritual home. My pal's flat in east London has the best view of the erotic gherkin.
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On July 29th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I feel most at home in Soho, too. I'd love to have a view of the gherkin- this was the first time I've seen it up close. Shame the restaurant at the top is only for the people who work there.
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On July 23rd, 2004 06:58 am (UTC), vulgarlad commented:
this post makes me want to go to London so bad it's not even funny.

~the lad
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On July 29th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Are you coming here someday? It would be lovely to finally meet you.
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On July 23rd, 2004 08:12 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
this post makes me home sick...

(wait a minute...)
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On July 29th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Homesick for a place you've spent a few weekends in? That is love.
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On July 29th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Someday, someday.
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On July 23rd, 2004 11:41 am (UTC), fringebenefits commented:
beautiful photos
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On July 29th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you.
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On July 23rd, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC), srattus commented:
I was wondering what the gerkin looked like.
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On July 29th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Very... erect. and round.
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On July 23rd, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC), dawaioser commented:
The erotic gherkin ~ is that the real name? What a gorgeous piece of architecture.
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On July 29th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
It's technically the Swiss RE tower, but the locals call it the erotic gherkin. :)
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On July 23rd, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC), pineforparadise commented:
It's all so beautiful. I've dreamt of visiting London for several years now. Those are all wonderful pictures. I wish I could live there now.
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On July 29th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I hope you are able to visit someday and stay long enough to get a feel for the city, it takes a long time to become properly acquainted with London and to discover all it has to offer.
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On July 26th, 2004 12:39 am (UTC), nadiashka commented:
beautiful photos
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On July 29th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you.
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On July 26th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC), gulch commented:
Wow, that's some drive. Reminds me of the night-cruises I used to do with JC in his beautiful old Saab 96v4, with his in-car MP3 player pumping. 'Cept we would usually do it around 2am, relishing the empty streets. We drove the wrong way around the one-way system outside Buckingham Palace, in front of several policemen, very embarassing.
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On July 29th, 2004 04:53 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Macsen has said several times that he wants to take me for a late night cruise through the city, when it's all quiet and deserted. I'd love to do a photo series of London at night. I'm sure it's been done a million times, but it sounds fun anyway. I'm sure you gave the policemen some entertainment on an otherwise boring shift. ;)
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On July 29th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
ah, well, I miss the pacific ocean something fierce. trade for a day?
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On September 24th, 2004 09:25 pm (UTC), artofcode commented:
Isn't that power station where Pink Floyd's pigs flew?
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On September 26th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Yes, that's the same power station. :)
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