Saturday, 13 May 2017

London Views

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

In the middle of our exploration of Western Australia, we are flying back to London for the weekend, blogwise only of course!

Whilst calling in at visiting time at St Thomas' Hospital not far from Waterloo station, there is a great view of the Houses of Parliament from the other side of the river.






Heading along the South Bank, I was determined to drop into the Tate's new Switch Room, not so new now really but well worth a visit.


Totally for free, you can take the lift to the 10th floor and enjoy some fabulous views over London.  At just the right height, not so high it all looks like a big blur.  I'm not so good with heights these days and even though there was a substantial fence at the edge and lots of room along the platform, I still felt unnecessarily wobbly.




The building itself has a lattice work of bricks which give some beautiful shapes, views and frames.


Here's the restaurant

The stairs! Ha! It's such a shame as the wooden floors are covered in drips, I'm supposing people must be spilling drinks rather than the rain getting in.

Looking out of a lower window

Peeking through the bricks

Looking down the curvy staircase

and over the edge to the floor below

The old Boiler House is connected to the Switch House by a bridge - looking over to the Boiler House


Seating area around the edge of the Boiler House

It's all concretey, loads of space
Back to the Boiler House

Then of course, there are the Tanks, loads of small room full of exhibits, one had a circle of loudspeakers with the audience in the centre listening to a piece of music.

By the Tanks - look at that lovely curvy staircase.
Tomorrow I'll show you a couple of exhibits that caught my eye.

Cheerio

10 comments:

  1. Lovely tour of this amazing place. And, I love the beautiful flowers you captured in the first photo. My best to you, Pat

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous, they are poppies, a great colour next to the blue sky.

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  2. What an interesting place, but I truly don't do heights well, I panic

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    1. It's silly isn't it but what can you do, it just comes over you. You'd probably be ok here as there's plenty of room and you can stand by the wall. 😊

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  3. Looks fascinating. I think I'd wobble a bit at the height too:)

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    1. I have to say St Paul's was worse for the wobbles!

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  4. Interesting tour around London, it's years since i visited.

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    1. Lovely on a blue sky, sunshiny day.

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  5. You had good weather for your day out in London by the Thames. Glad you braved the heights in Tate Modern to take wonderful photos inside and across London. The others as you walked by the Thames are also good to see. I like that impressive statue in the second photo.Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I should have written that the statue is of the Crimean War Nurse Mary Seacole and was only unveiled last year. Impressive isn't it.

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