Looking down the Thames


At the end of last week we took the train down to London for a short break in the Capital. Our main motivation, besides a chance for a breather before I get into a heavy period at work, was to go and have another look at the David Nash exhibition at Kew Gardens, where a number of new works have been installed since our visit last autumn.

Given the time of year, it was a gamble with the weather, but it was kind to us. It was cold, but it didn’t rain, and during the Friday, although it was gloomy and overcast early on, the cloud cleared during the morning and it turned into a fine day.


We went into the centre of London on the Friday evening and I snapped the above photos while we were crossing the Millennium bridge at dusk.

The London skyline, particularly east of St Pauls close to the river, has changed dramatically in recent years, and is continuing to change as new skyscrapers are still being erected.  All lit up they provide quite a striking view. But I think there is a real danger that London’s skyline could be overwhelmed with too many skyscrapers dominating the view and distracting from the more modest, historic buildings like St Pauls and Tower bridge.