London by night
This page features a collection of photos of London after dark. Unfortunately some of the photos are a bit crappy because of the digicam I owned then. Many of the landmarks are lits after dark, and Piccadilly Circus is filled with neon lights, but I found some streets surprisingly dark, especially the view from River Thames could be more impressive.
Big Ben (and The Eye) after dark. These shots were taken the first night after
Piccadilly is a totally different place after dark. The neon signs and the increasing
number of partydressed
people transforms it. Despite it is so famous, the place
itself is surpisingly small, but there are a lot of things
in the surroundings,
belonging to Piccadilly: 3 large hotels, 2 large record stores, a large Burger
King, a wax
museum, several famous theatres and cinemas.
The statue of Eros rising above a bronze fountain (right) is one of the
symbols of London (I didn't know its name when I was there though).
It was originally a memorial to the philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury.
And the view from the window
was nice (though partly blocked by a 2-storey bed),
I could clearly see the
nice 35-story skyscraper Centre Point, the a large and a bit
shabby (yes!) courtyard
just behind Piccadilly Circus and the Swiss Re/Tower 42
cluster in the background.
From the corridor window just next to our room, we
could see The London Eye
and Big Ben in the distance.
Views from Thames:
London Eye at River Thames.
St Paul's Cathedral and the city center's skyscrapers at River Thames.
Euston Tower. On our way to find BT Tower, surprisingly
enough we found this
skyscraper from 1970 instead first,
that is 124m tall and has 36 floors. It
is the borough of
Camden's tallest office building.
British Telecom Tower. At
191m, this famous telecom tower from 1964 is London's 4th tallest structure.
On the way home we found the house of the rising sun.
Soho is after dark crowded with drunk people that want to party. Judging from
ambulances in the area and the sirens constantly sounding, it might
be a dangerous area at night.
Trafalgar Square in 2005. It doesn't look that dark in reality.
Trafalgar Square at sunset in 1999.