Alexander Savin blog

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28 Dec 2014

London 28 days later

Empty streets of London

Early Christmas morning is that rare moment when you can catch a glimpse of London without flocks of people around. Public transport is suspended, so only those owning a car or the most resilient tourists can make it to the downtown. And then you'll find peace, and that unusual feeling when you can freely walk around major attractions and take pictures, without disturbing anyone else. Well, maybe a few other photography fanatics like myself.

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Empty streets of London

↑ London Bridge around 8am.

Empty streets of London

↑ Southwark street.

Empty streets of London

↑ Southwark Brige to the north side. You can spot St Paul's on the left.

Empty streets of London

↑ Same bridge, view towards London Bridge and The Shard.

Empty streets of London

↑ St Paul's Cathedral, and a very quiet passage towards the Millenium Bridge.

Empty streets of London

↑ Speaking of which - Millenium Bridge.

Empty streets of London

↑ Not much going on. Occasional early morning runner would cross the bridge from time to time.

Empty streets of London

↑ Thames path free of people.

Empty streets of London

↑ Christmas sunrise with Shard and Tower Bridge in background.

Empty streets of London

↑ Routemaster spotted and photographed.

Empty streets of London

↑ As well as Paddington.

Empty streets of London

↑ No trains today too. Some air traffic was spotted, but quiter than usual.

Empty streets of London

↑ Closing in to the Southbank.

Empty streets of London

↑ National Theatre.

Empty streets of London

↑ Stairs down from Golden Jubilee Bridge.

Empty streets of London

↑ London Eye and Waterloo pier.

Empty streets of London

↑ Closing in to Westminster.

Empty streets of London

↑ Sometimes they shut down traffic on Westminster Bridge and you can walk on a road taking pictures. That still usually means lots and lots of people taking pictures.

Empty streets of London

↑ Around 9am according to Big Ben.

Empty streets of London

↑ Tube is very much closed today.

Empty streets of London

↑ View to the London Eye from the other side.

Empty streets of London

↑ Couple of bonus pics from Shoreditch. Very quiet Boxpark and beginning of the Bethnal Green Road.

Empty streets of London

↑ Brick Lane Market is just around the corner.

This photosession is highly inspired by Robert Timothy and his collection of empty London streets.

Full gallery can be found here (also there you'll find full res pics). Also, full track of this photosession is recorded here. Most of those 17km was done on a hired citybike, but St Paul's to Westminster part was performed on foot, since you can't legally take a bike across the Millenium Bridge.

Have a very happy festive season!