Shoeburyness and the City - London August 2009

Shoeburyness and the City

Monday 31st August 2009

A Bank Holiday Monday afternoon's trip out to see the end of the Thames estuary at Shoeburyness, followed by an early evening stroll through the City of London.

London August 2009

John's Pictures
Maison de Stuff

13:54:52 This is the Fenchurch Street station which, until today, was the only of the stations on the Monopoly board I hadn't visited.15:26:59 So here we are on the "beach" in Shoeburyness. It's low tide, and this is effectively the mouth of the Thames estuary, so it's pretty muddy!15:27:17 Same thing in portrait. Funny how straightening the horizon makes that pole look at a funny angle.

15:27:31 Chie on the very muddy beach.15:28:49 It looked as though some sort of Hinu ritual had taken place here...15:29:43 Chie taking a careful stroll across the mud flats.

15:30:10 Clearly there was some sealife here though.15:48:42 The vast expanses of mud...15:48:54 ....a bit of the coastline at Shoeburyness.

15:50:39 There had been a big military presence at Shoeburyness at one time, this building may have had something to do with this.15:50:56 I was hoping I could make these photos of graffiti look artistic, but they just look a bit crap in fact.16:14:03 Quite an attractive church here in Shoeburyness, the only photo-worthy building I came across - the rest of the place was like a giant housing estate, and no pubs to speak of!

16:34:53 Back on the train again, waiting for it to leave the station in Shoeburyness, and we've decided to eat the Monster Munch we bought earlier.16:35:00 There's the sign just to prove where we were.17:46:46 Back in London now, and just round the corner from Fenchurch St station was this rather attractive pub - The East India Arms. Unfortunately being a bank holiday pretty much everything in the City was closed.

17:49:29 A view through to the gherkin.17:49:40 ...a blured picture of Chie's reflection...17:49:48 ...a less blurred picture of Chie's reflection.

17:51:22 Peeking through to the Lloyd's building here - I like this more every time I see it.17:51:28 ...another peek through, and you can just see Chie as well!17:51:47 ....another one with Chie in front of the Lloyds building, with her looking very small!

17:52:46 I'm sure a thousand people have taken exactly this same shot of a nice old church in front of the gherkin.17:54:58 The entrance to Leadenhall Market, a favourite spot of mine.17:55:15 Me in front of Leadenhall Market, looking a bit Mr. Gumby-esque.

17:55:42 Blurry picture of the stonework.17:55:55 Chie enjoying the complete absence of other people in Leadenhall.17:56:16 The rather lovely Lamb Tavern.

17:56:26 ...there it is again.18:20:24 A bit of St. Paul's, taken from the bus.18:20:45 We finally managed to get on one of those old Routemaster buses that are still running a couple of routes in London.

18:28:09 Chie in front of the bus!19:04:43 Dinner at Woodlands in Haymarket, here's a very large "paper dosa". Very nice too.