lovelondonscenes – 87

Vauxhall and Albert!

A different day to the photo in No 86. This week I hosted a drink at work to mark 5 years in my current job. I’d been down to the Majestic wine warehouse in Vauxhall, under the railway arches, to order some wine and glasses, and on Thursday lunchtime I took the glasses back. I walked back – we are just on the other side of the river. It was a windy, bracing day, and I stopped to take a few photos on the way. First, the rather interesting Vauxhall bus station (really!); then the ever fascinating Thames and its surrounds. Here are a few. All exactly as the iPhone took them.

I love these protruding slabs of concrete on the bus station roof. They serve no useful purpose as far as I can tell, but they are monumental. In the background, St George Wharf and St George Tower. There are plans for four more towers in the vicinity. Some people are opposed, but it will look spectacular.


Traffic coming off Vauxhall Bridge. This is one of those places where, if you drive, you are always worried about ending up in the wrong lane. Well, I am anyway! South London mystery….


Those pharaohic blocks.


From Vauxhall Bridge, the Thames at low tide, looking north-east. Millbank Tower on the left, Big Ben sneaking out over the trees, London Eye in the middle. Lambeth Bridge straddling the river.


And, down on the Albert Embankment path, looking south-west. You can see the chimneys of Battersea power station in the middle distance.


Tate Britain, on the other side of the river. One of my favourite places.


And Millbank Tower. The lower block just to the right, 30 Millbank, is where I work. I love the clouds in this one.


What a great thing to be able to have a lunchtime stroll with such fantastic scenery!

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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6 Responses to lovelondonscenes – 87

  1. DyingNote says:

    That twin concrete structure looks like a short ramp? For airbus perhaps? 😛

  2. Resa says:

    Those protruding slabs look like they are waiting for an Evil Knievel reincarnation.

    • John S says:

      Yeah, they’re weird. Look like they must be for something that launches something. But they are just there.

      • John S says:

        I’ve just been told that those slabs do actually have a useful purpose. They have 160 solar panels on them, which provide about a third of the power needed by the bus station.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Excellent photos. I have always wondered about those two slabs protruding, why are they there????? : 0 )

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