Sunday, 7 October 2018

My London Week



DC Editor Adam writes…

When I lead my open top bus sightseeing tours for the Premium Tours company, I am up with the lark. The tours leave from Victoria Station at 7.30a.m.

The early starts provide a good opportunity to indulge my hobby of photographing London. At this time of day I tend to use the iPhone rather than the DSLR. Here's The Archer, the statue by Eric Aumonnier at my "home" station East Finchley…



The Archer statue (above) is by Eric Aumonier. Heading southward, East Finchley station is the last tunnel in the open air before the tube trains plunge into darkness. The Archer statue is the subject of one my very favourite London myths – the myth being that the Archer has no arrow because it lies at the end of the Northern Line tunnel at Morden (also in statue form) some 17 miles 528 yards away. Sadly, only a myth - there never was an arrow statue at Morden.


The tunnel was once the world's longest.


And I love grabbing shots of "empty" London at that time of day…



My other habit on my early mornings is calling in at Pret upstairs in the shopping mall at Victoria Station. The staff are a lovely bunch, genuinely very friendly.

But here's the main reason I hit Pret above all the other coffee… if you buy a coffee from Pret and bring your own re-usable cup, they will give you a 50p discount.

If you combine this offer with Pret's filter coffee – which usually costs 99p – then your coffee costs 49p per cup.

Here's one I prepared earlier…



It's not only the smart thing to do, it's also the best bargain in London – thanks and well done Pret!


At the other end of the London day, I have been going a bit mad with the sunsets this week on Instagram. It's a great time of year for urban sunsets…





I'm out-and-about leading London Walks tours every day this coming week. Tours cost £10/£8 and can be booked via my online store Pay A Tour.




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