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Christmas 2020: Hay’s Galleria.

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A large Christmas tree and lights decorate Hay’s Galleria, a former wharf that is now a retail and commercial area on the south bank of the Thames, near London Bridge.

Originally a warehouse and associated wharf, Hay’s Galleria is named after its original owner, the merchant Alexander Hay, who acquired a brewhouse on the site in the mid-17th century. The wharf was largely rebuilt following the Great Fire of Southwark in June 1861 and then continued in use for nearly a century until it was badly bombed in September 1940 during the blitz in World War II. Hay’s Wharf closed in 1970 and the site was redeveloped in the 1980s as a mixed-use development of commercial and retail units. It is a Grade II listed structure.


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Every day in December 2020 I will be posting images of the best festive lights that I have seen adorning London during my walks. I have been taking these images mainly in on early crisp mornings when i find the light is better and there are less people about to walk past the camera whilst it tripod mounted. Most are confined to central London due to travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. You can view the images of other festive lights using the link below (the number corresponds to the day in December they appear).

  1. South Molton Street (Oxford Street/Mayfair).
  2. Bond Street (Mayfair).
  3. Carnaby Street (Westminster).
  4. Cartier (Mayfair).
  5. Hay’s Galleria (Southwark).
  6. Claridges Hotel (Mayfair).
  7. More London (Southwark).
  8. Wellesley Hotel (Knightsbridge).
  9. Lanesborough Hotel (Knightsbridge).
  10. Leicester Square (Westminster).
  11. EL&N Tree of Hope (St. Pancras Station).
  12. Strand (Westminster).
  13. Covent Garden.
  14. Selfridges (Oxford Street).
  15. Four Seasons (Mayfair).
  16. Hilton Park Lane (Mayfair).
  17. Annabel’s (Mayfair).
  18. Dorchester (Mayfair).
  19. Harvey Nichols (Knightsbridge).
  20. Leadenhall Market (City of London).

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