London Archive

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The Urban Jungle

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Four Golden Eggs

In London the art of window dressing is alive and well. I found this goose and her golden eggs in Burlington Arcade, as I rushed to complete my Christmas shopping. With her gold crown and black bow she had a lot of admirers. Whether you’re in London to shop or take photos,

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Hurrying home

Trafalgar Square in London is a great place for people watching – and for candid photography. With the National Gallery on one side, it’s always busy and visitors are relaxed. Out with my camera one summer evening, I saw this man on stilts, posing for photos with tourists. In his Union Jack

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Photographer’s Odyssey

Odyssey – definition : a quest or epic journey. Describing my own journey as epic would be pretentious. After all, when I took this picture at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, I’d just got off the train from Bexleyheath to Charing Cross. Commuting into London one morning, I came across these sculptures by chance, as

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The headless cyclist

Driving into London is never fun, but for historical interest the A2 from Kent takes some beating. Part of a Roman road – Watling Street – Christian pilgrims used the route to get to Canterbury. And in the eighteenth century Dick Turpin would lie in wait by the roadside, to rob travellers

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Keep calm and carry on

I love crisp, sunny winter days – for me they’re photographic heaven. With a clear atmosphere and sun that’s never directly overhead, the gorgeous light gives you a head start before you even pick up your camera. On this February morning, I’d arranged to meet a friend in London. Public spaces are

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A tourist in London

Let me start with a confession. This picture was set up, with my wife Beauty posing as a tourist. She wasn’t the first person to sit on that bench and she won’t be the last. Indeed, for more than twenty years tourists have squeezed between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to

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Window shopping

  In this age of bland chain stores and supermarkets, the St James’s district of London has kept its own character. It offers visitors a mix of galleries, restaurants and independent shops. Prices can be high but window shopping is free. Browsing in St James’s Street, I found this Red Indian gazing

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Sylvester

When I lived in Forest Gate, east London, Sylvester was a neighbour. At Etty & Tyler’s, the motor cycle dealers, he shared duties with Bruno the Mastiff. Sylvester was front of house manager, with Bruno minding the workshop. I used to visit often – first as a customer and later as a

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The Big Egg Hunt

I found Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall in The Mall in London. In the nursery rhyme he had a great fall. But when I met him, all the Queen’s men were keeping him safe until he was auctioned off for charity. London’s Big Egg Hunt featured more than two hundred painted