We have missed a couple of the pre Christmas rides due to work I was unable to go. My cycle partner suggested a ride this weekend. At first it was going to be a night ride but due to work changed to a day ride instead.
So with that in mind we arranged to meet up at Trafalgar Square 07:00 bright and early, ok not so bright ;)
|Waiting outside National Gallery|
Once we met up we headed towards St. Paul's Cathedral with the dawn following us.
|Christmas lights infront of St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Mr. Orange in action|
In front of St. Paul's was the Millennium Bridge to the TATE Modern.
As you can see the lighting was pretty awesome, sunrise seemed to take a long time which was fine with me as we was able to catch some pretty good shots.
|The Shard & Tower Bridge at sunrise|
Not many people where about at this time of the morning but there was other residents running about as you can see with this urban fox just ran right past us without batting an eye.
|Hello Mr. Fox|
As we continued eastward there where still Christmas decorations in different forms dotted around London.
|Ceiling of stars|
|Global Christmas Tree|
Been to this water feature next to City Hall many times and just had to get a shot but without getting wet.
|The Legend within a water feature|
I noticed that I seem to be drawn to the simple shapes of builds, especially if they where curved.
|City Hall, London|
Off we went towards & across Tower Bridge. I remembered one of my friends saying there was a glass floor when you went up the Tower and could see the traffic below. I mentioned this to my partner and made a mental note that we should come back at some point and go up and take in the view for ourselves.
|Glass floor at Tower Bridge|
Not far from Tower Bridge we came across a statue that I have seen a number of times on rides but the sun this time was so low that you could block the sun behind it. I thought this would make a different kind of shot and I was actually a little shocked at the results I actually got.
|"Girl with a Dolphin"|
Just before we got here, there was some EXTREMELY slippy decking. I slipped a little and just as I was warning my partner he also slipped quiet badly but like a trooper he kept on with the ride, just took it abit more gently.
|Mr. O putting chain back on|
|Sneaking up on some seagulls|
|Mr. O & his shadow|
On we went to Canary Wharf, I'd known there was a fountain here but never really took the time to take any photos of it.
While I was photographing the fountain I found these two characters.
|HE & SHE|
From what I could tell their are speaking sculptures & on the ground there was a website address you could scan to "hear" them speaking.
Canary Wharf was a basically a ghost town with the workers still on their Christmas holidays it was just us a few tourist & security guards. We pushed on to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel which again was pretty deserted compared to how its been in the past.
|Almost deserted Greenwich Foot Tunnel|
|The dome of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel|
The Cutty Sark was waiting for us at the other end of the tunnel and with the sun still pretty low in the sky it made for a great shot.
|The Cutty Sark|
We then decided to head to the O2 dome for a little break but just before we left I spotted this famous gentleman and couldn't resist taking a shot especially with the sun still so low in the sky.
|Shadow of the legend|
|Mr. Orange, my cycle & photography partner|
When we reached the O2, we was abit surprised that it was quiet full. Seemed to be some kind of Frozen event going on as there was alot of Frozen Princess running about with parents.
We managed to find the "Slug and Lettuce" which wasn't too busy & had a pretty big all day breakfast which hit the spot. After our meal we decided to head back to Embankment via The Thames Clipper River Boat. I think my partner's knee was bothering him a little so was a good decision not to cycle all the way back. Seeing we had been over & under the Thames it seemed fitting that we went on it too. Not long after we got to Embankment we headed out separate ways home.
Ride Data: A Chilly Eastward Bimble
Once again its always good to ride with my cycling partner, Mr. OrangeBrompton, to slow it down a little to take photographs of this great city of ours.
Bring on 2015 I say.