My favourite thing about living in London has got be the way it constantly surprises you. Each area is a mini city with a distinct look and feel that’s constantly evolving. My job as a photographer is to capture that fleeting moment in time before the next thing comes along. In my latest ‘Things To Do’ post I explore Somerset House and Tower Bridge with my fellow partner in crime – Krissy D.
Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in central London, overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge. The location has been used for a number of Hollywood blockbusters such as James Bond and Sherlock Holmes while up until recently the street style for London Fashion Week was done around the area.
Relating back to the theme of surprises, Somerset House is home to one of the worlds most famous staircases – The Nelson Stair. The Nelson Stair was designed by Sir William Chambers and sweeps over six floors in the southern part of Somerset House. It’s hard not to find the entire design truly beautiful and one that has stood the test of time considering it was originally built in 1789.
I’ve lived next to Tower Bridge for the best part of a year now so it came as a huge surprise to find out that it’s open to the public. Not only that but there’s a see through floor you can walk on which is ideal if you want to get over your fear of heights. Worth noting that The Shard, Borough Market, Shad Thames, Tower of London as well as Port of London Authority Building are all within walking distance so make sure to plan your trip accordingly.
Should you choose to visit Tower Bridge you can learn more about its history and catch some amazing views over the city. If you’re into engineering you can also visit the old engine rooms, with the original steam engines and find out how witchcraft raises the bascules over 1,000 a year without breaking.
I talked about Tower Bridge in one of my previous lookbooks as for me it’s more than an iconic London landmark. It’s a reminder that you have to keep fighting for what you believe in. The bridge received a lot of criticism when it was constructed back in 1894 which only goes to show that no matter how good the work, you’ll always have your critics.
If you visit Tower Bridge make sure to explore the districts of Tower Hamlets (north side) and Southwark (south side) in their entirety as you never know what our capital may have in store for you.
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