14 Photographs of Wet London

Wet and London have a pretty stereotypical relationship, at least when it comes to rain. Here’s some of the beautiful and some of the not so picturesque areas of the city – wet because of rain or otherwise…

AmbiencePhoto: Ambience by Martin Turner

gascoyne road e9, gutter, yellow lines, leaves, 2012-11-04, 13-23-07
Photo: Gascoyne Road, E9 by tributory

bus queue
Photo: Bus queue by Where The Art Is

Hand Car Wash
Photo: Hand Car Wash by Andy Worthington

One Canada Square
Photo: One Canada Square by Gary Kinsman 

Millenium Mills
Photo: Spillers Millennium Mills near Royal Victoria Docks by Fred255

Photo: East London by Alex Ellison

London wakes up: the Thames in Greenwich
Photo: The Thames in Greenwich at 7:57am by Andy Worthington

New River
Photo: New River by Dave McGowan

London Nights SOOC
Photo: London Nights by Me.Two

Reflection From The Surrey Side
Photo: Reflection of Pimlico from the Surrey Side by Dave McGowan

bus stop
Photo: Bus Stop by Where The Art Is

The Beauty of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Photo: The beauty of the Victoria & Albert Museum by Karva Javi

James, Bert and Mark Prior
Photo: James, Bert and Mark Prior (three of the seven boats owned by J.J. Prior Ltd., a company established in 1870) by Andy Worthington

Fingers crossed it stays dry this week (unless we get to have some snow!)

London Rain

It’s the time  of year for April showers. London has no shortage of those, that’s for sure! Although it means wet feet (or wellies), broken umbrellas and cloudy skies, there’s something to be said about watching a storm break through the window while you’re inside, the way the water is kicked off the streets into headlights of black cabs at night and seeing the droplets cling to all of Spring’s new life.

Here’s a few taken from my window. The first one was up on Londonist on Wednesday night.

London Rain and Web 2

London Rain

London Rain 2

London Rain and Hose

Southbank on a Rainy Night

I spent a drizzly night walking down Southbank with a friend who had never been. While he was shooting photos of the London Eye on his iPhone, I was lingering behind and fascinating myself with the lights shimmering in the wet pavement.

This one was recently published as part of Londonist’s Happy 10th Birthday London Eye post.

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Summer Rain

People huddled under bus shelters, gathered in doorways, peeked out from front room windows to gawp at the weather.

Water rushed along the edge of the kerb, flowing quickly, forming small lakes on street corners. Cars were parked on the side of the road, headlights on, waiting out the storm. Thunder made its statement, roaring across the sky followed by a shaking crackle of fork lightning; soon after, small white balls of hail clinking on tin roofs, floating in the streams that rushed along the edge of the kerb like tiny ice cubes to cool down a hot, muggy day. I’ve never seen an English storm like this.

Those people watching, the ones huddled together under shop fronts and the awning of a pub, saw a crazy girl walking slowly home, sloshing through puddles, face to the skies, blond hair draped in ropes down her back, clothes clinging like fabric plastic wrap, hail stones in her handbag, smiling to herself.  

Sometimes it’s exhilarating to be the crazy one.

Londonist reports: http://londonist.com/2009/06/in_pictures_aftermath_of_a_summer_s.php?gallery0Pic=1#gallery