river thames

IMG 6028fi 460x270 - Hammersmith bridge's in such a state!

The oldest most upstream road bridge on the fully tidal section of the Thames suddenly closed a few days ago much to the anger of many. It however provided an opportunity for me to go and investigate exactly what ailed the bridge, especially as I have taken a number ofRead More →

DSC 4204fi 460x270 - Woolwich Ferry comes on stream

Today the new Woolwich ferry was running a limited service. Its quite impressive when it actually works. The only drawback was the process of trying to moor it was very slow. There are still so many problems it took ages to square the boats up and even so they tendRead More →

DSC 3508fi 460x270 - Woolwich Ferry does The Scream....

Never mind that its not working, there’s issues with docking and a hi-tech mooring system. But surely everyone can manage somehow without the boats being in service, because well…… they’re not in service are they? Not when the ferry’s alarms suddenly decide to scream the loudest most ear piercing possibleRead More →

DSC 3504fi 460x270 - Woolwich Ferry problems!

The Woolwich Ferry did run a quite limited service at the start of this week. I discussed it very briefly in the sidebar news update whilst another blog Murky Depths also covered it too. On Monday morning I was alerted by a single tweet on the fact the ferry hadRead More →

IMG 8961fi 460x270 - Crossrail: Woolwich #3 [+ Ferry]

Double bonus! This is a update on Crossrail Woolwich – plus the Woolwich ferry! As some readers will know, the two brand new Woolwich ferries arrived in the UK, they first went to Tilbury before continuing to Woolwich. There’s a further look at the Crossrail station – and yes London’sRead More →

wferrynewfi 460x270 - Woolwich ferry upgrade #2

In the previous installment covering news on the Woolwich ferry upgrade I discussed the new automated mooring system for the ferry. To some it may have seemed the idea of a magnetic mooring system was a bit far fetched. More information has emerged to show this new innovation is indeedRead More →

IMG 2495fi 460x270 - Woolwich Ferry Finale #2

The second part covering the last days of the Woolwich Ferry following the special feature I did on Sunday. In this we see the ferry at work, the run up to the final night, the very last crossings, and some post-closure scenes. This will be the last of the postsRead More →

IMG 2518fi 460x270 - Woolwich Ferry Finale #1

The Woolwich ferries had their last day on 5th October 2018, with James Newman having the honour of the very last crossings. These pictures, taken in the final hour of sister ferry, Ernest Bevin, show the bridge, the captain at work and the engine rooms. I had not expected toRead More →

IMG 0540fi 460x270 - Thames Embankment opened 150 years ago

Its 150 years exactly since the Victoria Embankment opened to the public. The date in question was Thursday 30th June 1868 and the ceremony took place at Temple Stairs. The main official opening itself did not take place for another two years however. For the first time ever in JulyRead More →

IMG 5203fi 460x270 - Woolwich ferry's last trip to town?

Saturday the 8th came and went – it was also the last ever day the Woolwich ferry’s MV James Newman came and went from the city too. This time next year there will be two new ferries, Dame Vera Lynn and Ben Wollacott. One of these (the latter I wouldRead More →

IMG 4938fi 460x270 - Woolwich Ferry upgrade begins

London’s famous free ferry service has begun its upgrade. This was announced last year but has garnered very little attention in the media. The work involves the introduction of two new low energy, clean, diesel-electric ferries with far greater capacity than the present vessels. These new ferries were designed byRead More →

IMG 4190fi 460x270 - The Emirates Air Line

Another quick post, mainly pictorial, just a few words. Need a few more days rest from the mania of typing out tomes of stuff! This is London’s own cable car which goes across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks. I took these pictures over a number ofRead More →

DSC 0008 1 460x270 - London Duck Tours end

Very saddened to learn London Duck Tours have ended. This post with tweets plus instagram is a short tribute. Last ever @londonducktours marked with a flotilla on the River Thames today. The amphibious ducks played a vital role in WW2 & were originally used to carry supplies from ships toRead More →

DSC 6445 460x270 - City Spires and Towers #3

In this third installment of the series, we look at four churches within a few hundred yards of each other. They are St Magus, St Mary’s, St Margaret’s and St Dunstan’s. These churches have some of the most varied, and compromised, environments within such a small area. St Magus theRead More →

DSC 0898 460x270 - City Spires and Towers #2

In the first post of this series I looked at All Hallows-by-the-Tower. We revisit this church but this time from a different perspective along the Thames river front. This gives us a different story altogether. All Hallows, St Dunstan’s, St Magnus the Martyr and St Margaret Pattens are this week’s subjects.Read More →

IMG 0939 460x270 - Boats on the Thames 3

Two lots of Thames freight workings within a minute or so. Both workings passed each other beneath Hungerford Bridge which left me barely any time to prepare the shots – fortunately I was using a ultra wide angle lensRead More →

IMG 7231 460x270 - Two of London's buskers - with a touch of pink

Two of London’s buskers an hour and three quarters apart on the same afternoon. First is Charlotte Campbell (whom I’ve featured before) the light was great and made her pink coat look really nice. Charlotte Campbell by the London Eye at 15.11pm, 18 January 2017. Next is The Hod. IRead More →

IMG 2109 460x270 - Tower Bridge Stairs

The stairwells in Tower Bridge are almost as they were the day the bridge was built. They range from wide sweeping staircases to narrow spiral staircases as well as straightforward flights of stairs and stone steps. Its quite difficult to capture the staircases’ essence hence an ultra wide angle lensRead More →