Photography

The Very Heart of London

Here is my gallery of the route from St James’s Park to Oxford Circus, roaming through the West End, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Covent Garden. Enjoy.


Welcome to Central London

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As someone who has visited this city countless times, I can never get enough of the exteriors of the traditional pubs, stores, restaurants, bars and museums. Most of my visits have been a long wander in and around the heart of London.

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St James’s Park

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The view of Buckingham Palace from a bridge in St James’s Park.

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And to the other side of the bridge, you’ll see the London Eye. St James’s Park adds a perfect dose of nature until you find yourself in the city again.

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The less commercial streets of London are adorned with statues commemorating those who fought for England.

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It wouldn’t be a London photography gallery without the iconic red telephone boxes now, would it?

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Picadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is currently down and under construction. At least a photograph of the replacement posters can somewhat mimic the real thing… unless you reveal it in a blog, of course.

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Regent Street

Regent Street is the world’s first ever shopping street. I can never get enough of the architecture and extremely famous-branded stores which always have the most elaborately decorated window shop displays (such as Ferrari and Louis Vitton and the list goes on).

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Carnaby Street

Hidden behind one side of Regent Street, there are 13 streets lined with gems known as Carnaby Street.

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The Diner

Having headed to Carnaby for lunch, I spent a happy hour at The Diner (American All-Day Breakfast & Burger Spot). From Bacon Pancakes with a Coke Float or St Louis Ribs & Fries with a Root Beer… One meal here will give you enough energy for an entire day in London, and with its generous prices, you’ll also be left with more money. I call that a Win/Win.

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The West End Entertainment

The West End is one of two of the biggest English-speaking theatre spots in the world (with the other being Broadway in New York). With an endless number of musicals and plays to choose from, I felt spoilt for choice. I caught the matinée for ‘School of Rock’ which was awesome… the actor portraying Jack Black’s character in the movie was on point and the kids playing the instruments live is a killer touch. It’s also the only West End musical I’ve been to where they let you take photographs and videos for the final song (not that the rules have stopped me at other theatres before…*evil smirk*) My next musicals of choice are definitely Aladdin and Book of Mormon.

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A murder mystery that has graced the West End since 1952, Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap is another must-see.

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Grab your pre-show dinner at one of the many restaurants that connect all the West-End shows together… trust me, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can also get a ticket & dinner combo with most theatres. Aside from the unreal quality and presentation of the food, when dining in London, I am always particularly impressed at the interior decor and the ambience.

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden is your go-to place for topping up your accessories or sipping a cappuccino while musicians play in the courtyard. There is also a market of independent traders and I guarantee you will find something that rings true to your soul.

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Grenfell

Graffiti following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

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London Transport

With a huge variety of transport to choose from, most visitors in London will walk to their next destination as to see more of the city.

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But be sure to enjoy the eeries vibes of the London Underground, the top choice for minimising your travel time. I’d recommend not being so polite when you’re getting through the crowd or on and off the tube. This is mostly ’cause you could be waiting around for a while, miss your stop and lose the rest of your group. This place isn’t one to expect a thank you or a smile for any courteous action… but you didn’t hear that from me. Aside from this sub-terranean dystopia, you will be met with proper etiquette amongst the London populace. Oh, and walk with your head up; it helps create a path for your regal self as you honour this timeless city with your presence.

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Birmingham Canal at Night (UK)

With more miles of canal than Venice, the Birmingham Canal was a sight to behold, with the city lights reflected in the water that mirrored the night sky.

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Before the Canal

It’s 2 miles to the Birmingham Canal from Birmingham New Street train station which I traveled on foot and also took a detour through China Town prior to reaching the water.

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Thank you to those who liked and commented on my Liverpool Photography Blog and to those who took the time to check this one out. Next stop… London. 😉
Dizma

Liverpool (UK)

Liverpool-Dizma-Dahl-Diztopia-Photography-Blogger-UKI traveled to Liverpool for my day job recently and instantly took this great opportunity to book a late train back and roam around the city with my SLR for you all. I spent hours researching what spots I could visit, given that I only had 5pm-9pm to do what I wanted, and by the time I would have begun, practically 80% of the recommended places to visit would have been closed. Although, I’m always one for building an itinerary which doesn’t involve buying a ticket into the land of the indoors anyway, so this suited me fine. 😉

This is primarily a gallery of my very short time there, but also a potential guide, or point of inspiration, for any photographers who are looking for a new place to shoot in the UK.


Liverpool Docks

The Liverpool Docks are honestly a sheer delight to promenade in. A big part of me is lost for words even a week after… I shall let the images speak for the city.

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Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’at Crosby Beach

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Now… as soon as I google imaged this place… I knew I had to go. I risked it and went as the sun was about to set and unfortunately, I feel I was a few minutes too late, but experiencing it meant there were no drops of regret… The sunlight was moreso I could share it with you all. Isn’t that nice?

“But what is this place, Dizma?”, you ask!?

This is sculptor Antony Gormley’s work (he is best known for his ‘Angel of the North’)… ‘Another Place’ is 100 cast-iron statues stretched across 3 miles on the shore of Crosby Beach. All of the artist’s body and all looking out to sea. The meaning? In his own words: “Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man’s relationship with nature. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth’s substance. Human life is tested against planetary time.”

…And woah… The emotions I felt here. The peace. The calm. The serenity… Not to mention that along with my solitude,, once it had become dark and desolate, the entire scenery became deliciously eerie and deliriously bizarre, in a most exhilarating sense.

Beforehand, I had checked the Tide Times so that I went at Low Tide and the statues would be in view. There is around 1-2 hours of the day when the Tide is high (above 8-9m) where you can’t see the statues at all… These vary daily and all statues are visible when the Liverpool Tide is at 4m or lower.

Incidentally, given what I said above, ensure you’re not trapped in a race to beat the sunset… Hah. A third travel tip: From Liverpool Central, get off the train at ‘Hall Road’, not ‘Blundellsands & Crosby’.

The Visit-Liverpool website encourages dressing the statues up so yes… take a spare hat and make a statue smile this year.

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The Heart of the City

As I headed back into the city after the beach and night had fallen, the itinerary in my pocket was soon abandoned due to a stranger on a train. The two hours prior to my train were spent wandering around the heart of the city, conversing with Jack who had lived there for 20 years. I missed out on a few sights, but the exchange was more than worth it. A private tour by an awesome local was a wonderful end to the day. He, too, looked at his city with tourist eyes for the first time, and through happenstance, this became my gift to him in return.

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An Evening in the Heart of Liverpool

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McCartney’s Bar

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University of Liverpool

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Metropolitan Cathedral

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Metropolitan Cathedral

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Everyman Theatre

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Heart of the City

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Walker’s Warrington Ales

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St George’s Hall

Mostly Macro (Nature/Outdoor)

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DIZMA

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Location: South Yorkshire & London, England

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Location: Petropolis & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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