First and foremost I am a Londoner. Born and bred in London I now live in North West Herts where I can enjoy the peace and pace of the countryside but within touching distance of the city of my roots.
For me, London has always been a city of culture and at no time in the past has it been more so than today. I work a lot in London and but I also love visiting the great city. There are many ways to enjoy the culture and I’m often on the lookout for unusual artistic and photographic exhibitions as well as occasional visits to the theatre. Sometimes this leads to new corners of London I never knew existed. Yesterday my wife and I decided to follow the City Trail of the ‘Books about Town’ – a series of benches, each one in the shape of a book, dedicated to famous stories and authors. The benches have been artistically painted to represent a story or writer and four different trail maps can be downloaded for free, providing not only an enjoyable task in finding the various benches, but a great way to see different areas of London. Embarkiing on a trail such as this not only provides an interesting walk around the city, but introduces you to corners of London you may not have yet discovered. For my part on this particular trail, I found new, interesting if somewhat alternative views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Armed with my trusty Nikon compact, I was in my element. You can view the pictures of some of the benches and my alternative St Paul’s and city area photos of the benches here.
We then headed to Tower Hill Station and after a stop at the superb Minories pub for a quick lunch, we strolled down to the Tower of London to see the incredible ”Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red’ , the extraordibary display of ceramic poppies filling the moat of the Tower of London by the ceramic artist Paul Cummings and set designer Tom Piper, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. A spectacular and thought provoking vision that’s well worth a visit.