Category: Westminster

  • Elizabeth Tower (‘Big Ben’).

    Elizabeth Tower (‘Big Ben’).

    On a bright March day, I had the opportunity of a visit to Westminster where the Elizabeth Tower, more commonly referred to as ‘Big Ben’, was looking splendid after its recent restoration. Scaffolding has almost all gone and three of the four faces of the clock are showing the correct time. Just the north-facing side […]

  • Christmas 2020: Annabel’s Mayfair.

    Christmas 2020: Annabel’s Mayfair.

    The elaborate 2020 christmas display at Annabel’s private members club in Berkeley Square, Mayfair looks like a stage performance of The Nutcracker ballet.

  • Behind the Lights.

    Behind the Lights.

    Image of the redevelopment and construction work that is going on behind the iconic billboard lights of Piccadilly Circus. The spaces behind the iconic illuminated signs are being converted into a new landmark building which will include a huge rooftop extension. It is the first time since the 1950s that the area within the busy […]

  • Admiralty Citadel.

    Admiralty Citadel.

    The Citadel was constructed between 1940 and 1941 as a bomb-proof operations centre for the Admiralty at a time when London was being heavily bombed and there was an imminent threat of a German invasion. The Admiralty was already being hit by the Luftwaffe. During the night of 16 April 1941 three bombs landed direct […]

  • Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition.

    Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition.

  • Former U.S. Embassy, Grosvenor Square.

    Former U.S. Embassy, Grosvenor Square.

    The United States Embassy was synonymous with Grosvenor Square until recently. The building closed in 2018 and moved to a new site in Nine Elms. I have visited the site every few months to see how work is progressing. At the moment just the front shell and side walls of the building are left as […]

  • Pret, 421 Strand.

    Pret, 421 Strand.

    The stark reality of how the coronavirus pandemic is hitting business comes when you see boarded-up shops on normally very busy streets such as the Strand in the heart of London. This image is of what was the Pret-A-Manger at 421 Strand, a normally busy store serving office workers, theatre-goers, shoppers and tourists visiting the […]