Through the East End Streets

London’s East End is a vibrant, artistic and chaotic place to be on a Friday night out… This is a snapshot of some of the richness.

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Magic and realism

Micky MouseThis is a scene from the gritty and vibrant Brick Lane in the East End. It’s a mixture of realism and fantasy, from bog rolls and phones to Fantasia. There’s tons of graffiti around this area and it’s worth a tour of all the side streets to find it. Check out http://www.ldngraffiti.co.uk/index.html for a great guide all London graffiti sites.

Westfield fashion

westfield fashionThe new Westfield Stratford is fantastic. Right next to the new Olympic Village the shopping centre is a real hustle and bustle of retail and dining. People watching here is addictive too.

Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland TattooI love tattoos and this guy had plenty of them. Very approachable and friendly.  His most favourite body ink was this picture from Tom of Finland.

Pearly Queens and Cheeky Rascals

There’s something reassuring and fascinating about the old and new in contrast with each other. From one corner in Covent Garden and this amazing and chirpy Pearly Queen to the outskirts of Soho and this tattooed fella with his pint. Both very British and very London. Fantastic mix.Pearly QueenTattoed guy with pint

Charing Cross Railway

Charing cross railwayOn the move from South to North London I got this great capture of Lettering by the entrance to the former Blackfriars Road station in London.
The station was opened in 1864 and closed almost five years later in 1868 when it was replaced by the station now called Waterloo East. 24th November 2011.

Finsbury Park in the Morning

Finsbury parkJust getting used to living in North London again after a year in Kennington. Always seems North keeps pulling me back and I’ve realised it is very much part of my life. I’m enjoying having Finsbury Park on my doorstep as well, with the cyclists, runners and free exercise areas making it a hive of activity.