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.
BBC headquarters, White City.
St. Pancras Station.
Women out on a hen night.
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.
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.
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. ;)