London’s Open House 2012

Okay, I know that the London Open House event was a few weeks ago now and I’m a bit behind on the draw, but I thought it was definitely worth posting some of the images that were contributed to the Flickr pool. So come back in time with me and poke your nose into some of London’s buildings rarely entered by the general public…

Channel 4 OfficesPhoto: Channel 4 Offices by The Great Misto

basementPhoto: Basement, Channel 4 Offices by Andrew

Crypt Corridor, Royal CourtsPhoto: Crypt Corridor, Royal Courts by Andrea Vail

Locarno Suite, Foreign OfficePhoto: Locarno Suite, Foreign Office by Andrea Vail

Abbey Mills - GaugePhoto: Abbey Mills Pumping Station Gauge by EZTD

St Mary Le BowPhoto: Church of St. Mary Le Bow, Cheapside by EZTD

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - Grand StaircasePhoto: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – Grand Staircase by EZTD

Main Staircase - Apothecaries HallPhoto: Main Staircase – Apothecaries Hall by EZTD

Pixel Cloud #2Photo: Pixel Cloud Inside the Allen and Overy Offices by The Green Album

Spiralling out of controlPhoto: Spiralling Out of Control Inside the ‘Battleship Building’ by The Green Album

Heaven's waiting roomPhoto: Heaven’s Waiting Room in the Broadgate Tower by The Green Album

Trellick Tower From Below 2Photo: The Trellick Tower from Below by Michael Goldrei

Deserted Basketball CourtPhoto: Trellick Tower’s Deserted Basketball Court by Michael Goldrei

Where am I? Part 2Photo: Trellick Tower Bedroom by Michael Goldrei

Coloured Glass In The ReceptionPhoto: Coloured Glass in the Trellick Tower Reception by Michael Goldrei

Don’t know about you, but after looking at these I will definitely try to go next year!

Notting Hill Carnival Photos

Notting Hill Carnival is one of those things you must experience once in your lifetime. It’s brilliant to see all of the colourful, vibrant costumes and get caught up in the atmosphere.

Usually though, once is enough, unless you a) live within walking distance b) know someone who lives nearby who will let you use their loo and hang out on their balcony until the crowds disperse or c) are just feeling a bit crazy and don’t mind being packed into the tube and the claustrophobia of crowds similar to those Oxford Street Christmas shoppers but with more chaos and fewer bags.

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Photo by derRuedi

I skipped it this year, but it is, of course, brilliant for photography and there’s some great photos coming in to the Flickr pool that I want
to share with you!

Notting Hill Carnival
Photo by robhonda1

Notting Hill Carnival
Photo by robhonda1

Notting Hill Carnival
Photo by robhonda1

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Photo by maccymacx

Notting Hill Carnival 2012 - Children's Day (Sunday)
Photo by fabiolug

Crap Sign, Carnival
Photo by mrdamcgowan

Chocolate smile
Photo by albertlondon

Luxury
Photo by mrdamcgowan

Notting Hill Carnival - 2012
Photo by Pixel_peeper

Pensive Barbie
Photo by MauScaMe

Check out the feathers
Photo by KISS FM UK

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Photo by dexout

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Photo by dexout

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Photo by dexout

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Photo by dexout

Notting Hill Carnival 2012
Photo by mnadi

Notting Hill Carnival 2012
Photo by mnadi

NHC 20
Photo by DancesWithLight

Notting Hill festival Photo by bayek

So did you go to Carnival this year? Did you participate? What did you think? How did it compare to other years? 

Finished Ice Sculptures

Bonus entry today! I just thought I’d share a few photos of the finished (or at least very near finished) ice sculpture pieces from the London Ice Sculpting Festival I wrote about last weekend. Where The Art Is managed to share a few photos in the Flickr pool. So if you didn’t manage to make it over to Canary Wharf for the real thing, here you are:

Ice Sculpting Festival, Canary Wharf, London

Ice Sculpting Festival, Canary Wharf, London

Ice Sculpting Festival, Canary Wharf, London

Ice Sculpting Festival, Canary Wharf, London

Ice Sculpting Festival, Canary Wharf, London

Ice Sculpting Festival, Canary Wharf, London

Impressive, no?

Listen to a Londoner: Ham

Listen to a Londoner. This is a weekly post where people who live (or have lived for a while) in London answer a few questions about the Big Smoke. If you fit the bill and want to be interviewed, give me a shout at littlelondonobservationist@hotmail.co.uk. Always looking for new victims volunteers….

HamHam, 53

Ham started London Daily Photo with the idea that showing a reasonable photo and possibly interesting words about London added to the sum total of Good Stuff about. Four years later and he is still enjoying it, still struggling to fit it in with a job in the real world.

LLO: How long have you lived in London?
Ham:
All the living years, give or take a few years as a student. Best time was when I lived off Oxford Street.

LLO: Where are you (or your family) from originally if not London?
Ham:
Parents Londoners. Grandparents on one side Dutch, on the other London & Poland. Purebred London mongrel.

LLO: Best thing about London?
Ham:
The people

LLO: Worst thing about London?
Ham:
The people. Oh come on, that’s too trite. The best thing about London is the way it repays you for the effort that you put into it – there is so much to find, do, be, that the only limits are your own. The worst is the impersonal front that can seem almost impermeable to some, they get chewed up and spat out.

LLO: North, south, east or west?
Ham:
East

LLO: Best restaurant?
Ham:
Hard to differentiate at the top end, so I’ll stick with the other end. Fryers Delight – a chippie in Theobalds Road.

LLO: Best shop?
Ham:
Stanfords map shop. Not seen anything like it in any other city.

LLO: Best place to escape the city?
Ham:
So many places, so little time. But if I’m looking for the antithesis of London in easiest reach, the Suffolk coast.

LLO: 2012 Olympics – stay or go?
Ham:
Crazy? Stay. I’m going to camp in my garden, rent the house, cycle the 10 minutes to the Games

LLO: How do you spend your time on the tube?
Ham:
On the rare occasions I’m on it, I spend my time wishing I was on my bike.

LLO: Most random thing you’ve seen in London?
Ham:
 That question makes me realise how much we learn to accept everything in London. About 30 years ago I used to visit the laundrette as a 17th century pirate occasionally but that doesn’t count, I suppose. I think a graffiti artist working on one side with a graffiti cleaning team on the other was the most bizarre London thing.

LLO: Best place to catch a gig?
Ham:
And that question makes me realise how decrepit I’ve become.

LLO: Best local band?
Ham:
I wonder if there’s a band called the Sanatogens?

LLO: Favourite London discovery?
Ham:
 The Mulberry tree in Hogarth’s garden, when it is laden with fruit to eat and get VERY messy with.

LLO: Best place to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Ham:
I’m going to cheat and say late morning – try a Wigmore Hall recital, very civilised.

LLO: Best museum or gallery?
Ham:
Probably the Horniman Museum, for being so unexpected and wide ranging.

LLO: Favourite market?
Ham:
Would have been Borough Market before it got too successful for its own good. Now, I think Chapel Market.

LLO: Give us a funny London story.
Ham:
Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    M.A.B. Its.
    M.A.B. Its who?
    M.A.B. It’s becawz I’m Lunduner, that I love London so.

LLO: Best London magazine, newspaper or website?
Ham:
 The Smoke

LLO: If you were to dress up as one of the tube station names for a costume party, which would you be?
Ham:
Barking. Typecasting.

LLO: Best time of year in London?
Ham:
Spring. For sure. The city comes to life again. Mind you, autumn is cool, with the Plane trees changing colour and the last gasps of summer. Oh, and the summer is unbeatable with so much going on. And in winter, the city is pared back to its basics. Christmas festivities. Snow to carpet the grey. OK. Pass.

LLO: Best place for a first date?
Ham:
Meet at Little Ben. River trip to a meal at the Oxo. Night ride on the eye. Down to Ronnie Scott’s to catch some cool Jazz. Coffe at Bar Italia. Walk through the Park.

LLO: First place to take a visitor?
Ham:
On a circular walk along the Thames from Wesminster to Tower Bridges.

LLO: Favourite place to be on a Saturday night?
Ham:
Where did I leave that cup of cocoa now?

LLO: Best and worst things about tourists?
Ham:
They help us appreciate what we have, but htey can get in the way

LLO: Boris is…
Ham:
…better for London than nothing. Just.

LLO: What would you change about the city if you had the power to do so?
Ham:
Integrated transport. Proper. Go to Zurich to see how it should work.

Thanks Ham!

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