Bleeding London – The Exhibition

Some of my photographs are in an exhibition in London, and I’m ridiculously, disproportionately proud.  They may only be a tiny part of an exhibition of hundreds of images of London streets, but I’m still feeling like the queen of the photoblogosphere.

This is what you need to know so that you can go on a photo-hunt.  The Royal Photographic Society has arranged an exhibition of 1200 images from their Bleeding London project.  The exhibition is being held in London’s City Hall from this week until 14 August.

City Hall beside Tower Bridge

Click here to read more about the exhibition on the RPS website.

City Hall is only 10 minutes walk from London Bridge station, on the south bank of the Thames between Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast.  Entry is free of charge.

The photographs are displayed in groups; some on the second floor, and some in the basement cafe.  There is a huge variety of images, covering ordinary districts of the city as well as famous landmarks, ordinary people as well as the Queen and the Mayor.

Bleeding London exhibition wall

You can see my name on the list of participating photographers, but there are no signs to tell you which photographer took which picture, or where the photographs were taken.  So I should give you some help in finding my pictures.

The first was taken in Little Albany Street, NW1.  This is the scene that greeted me when I walked into the street.  Not very promising?

Sign for Little Albany Street

I was saved by the poppies growing among the weeds which are just visible beside the red car.  The poppies, as captured on my iPhone, have made it into the exhibition.  Look for them above the photo of the Royal Family!

NW1 Little Albany Street

The curators of the exhibition must like bright colours, because they selected these hats too.

Bleeding London exhibition Clay St

The hard hats were hanging over railings in Clay Street, a narrow street running parallel to Baker Street.  Most of Clay Street was a construction site when I visited there in June 2014.

Clay Street scaffolding

I went back last week to see the completed “bespoke collection of five new townhouses”.  Funny how the construction work generated more interesting images than the finished building.

Clay street townhouses

Many of my submissions to the Bleeding London project came from gritty inner London districts, but I wandered up to Hampstead one sunny day in June 2014 to mix with the wealthy, artistic classes, and stare at their community noticeboard in Flask Walk NW3.

NW3 Flask Walk community noticeboard

Three other images from the exhibition have already featured on this blog.

Click here to read the post from September 2014 about Hyde Park Street and my wish to live in Bayswater.

“I love Mustafa”   Click here to read the post from July 2014 about the graffiti which made me smile on Burne Street, a short street close to the junction of the A5 (Edgware Road) and A40 (Marylebone Road).

Click here to read the post from July 2014 which included England flags draped from windows on Ashbridge Street during the World Cup.

And when you’ve finished clicking, go along to the exhibition!




Art on the Walls of London

I went searching for street art last weekend.  Graffiti doesn’t usually get coverage in the mainstream press, but reports of this tribute to the author Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) and illustrator Josh Kirby (1928-2001) have appeared in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, and Evening Standard.

Terry Pratchett street artThe mural of the much-loved novelist and characters from his Discworld books was created by Jim Vision and Dr. Zadok on a wall on Pedley Street, north-east of Brick Lane, London E1.

Mural cropped

Over the past year I have come across lots more street art, entirely by accident, as I walked round London.  Here are some of the more memorable.

Shoreditch area is watched over by several animal guardians, some welcoming, some less so.

Bird on Brick Lane

EC2 Ravey Street

Camden Town is another good place to find street art.

NW1 Torbay Street - Version 3 (1)Those eyes stared at me from Torbay Street.  Not far from there, I found this rhino on Hawley Street.

NW1 Hawley Street - Version 3 (1)If you are in passing through Camden Town, look carefully at one of the bridges over the canal, and you might see an octopus created by China Girl Tile.

China Girl Tile Octopus (1)I’m glad I snapped all of these artworks when I found them, as I can’t promise that any of them are still there.

28 Photos Later: Day 22 in London

Welcome to Day 22 of “28 Photos Later”.

twentytwoSince it’s a Sunday, I’ve chosen a photo of a church – “St John’s Hyde Park”.   The church has stood in Hyde Park Crescent, Bayswater since 1832.

W2 Hyde Park Crescent

St John’s is part of the Church of England.  I’m including an extra photo today, to show you how peaceful the place looks, despite being in central London.

st johns church

If you sat on the bench in that photo, hoping to hear organ music, you would be disappointed, as the 165-year-old church organ is currently being restored.  That is a story in itself: the organ is named Betty (no, I don’t know why) and she has her own Twitter account (@BettyHydePark) and WordPress blog (click here).  And the church has its own website – Click here for St John’s Hyde Park.

28 Photos Later: Day 20 in London

Welcome back to London on Day 20 of “28 Photos Later”.  Drive carefully!


Today’s photo is “Still Rolling”.  This market stall was resting at the edge of Church Street market, Lisson Grove, NW8.

market stall

What makes this market stall unique to London?  If you look carefully, and maybe turn your screen upside down, you can just about read a name carved into the wood –  Ellen Keeley Barrows, 33 Neal Street, Covent Garden.  The Keeley firm made and rented out barrows and hand trucks to traders operating in London’s markets.   I don’t think the firm still survives, but this old wooden market stall is still going strong.

Click here for an article about the history of Covent Garden, including a photo of Ellen Keeley’s shop on Neal Street.

Click here for one of my own posts about Indian street markets.

28 Photos Later: Day 15 in London

Welcome to Day 15 of “28 Photos Later”.


 Yesterday we had a rugby photo – today it’s cricket.  As Australia and New Zealand host the ICC Cricket World Cup, here is the route to another cricket ground in London. What is the DHL van delivering? Maybe a request for help after England lost their first match against Australia on Saturday.

NW1 Park Road

Yesterday I was looking for readers from rugby’s Six Nations.  Any chance today of a full set of Cricket World Cup countries?  Here is the list:  Pool A is Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Sri Lanka.  Pool B is India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, West Indies, Zimbabwe.   Speak up! Leave a comment below if you are reading this in any of those nations.

28 Photos Later: Day 12 in London

Welcome to Day 12 of “28 Photos Later”.

twelve (1)

Today’s photo is “Please don’t recycle the books”.

Please don't recycle the books

The books are actually the “Authors W-Z” part of the pavement display of Walden Books in Harmood Street, London NW1.  Plenty of great books there, by Wodehouse, Waugh, Wharton and Woolf.   I just happened to pass on recycling day.

28 Photos Later: Day 11 in London

It’s Day 11 of my “28 Photos Later” project.


Today’s photo is called “Paint your Chairs to Match your Geraniums”.

match your chairs to your geraniums

This lovely pink oasis has been created by the residents of a mews house in London W2, near Queensway.  I’m impressed at just how much they’ve managed to squeeze in to the space between their house and the double yellow parking lines on the street.


28 Photos Later: Day 9 in London

Welcome to Day 9 of “28 Photos Later”.

nine south street

Today’s photo “Terrier” shows a wistful dog looking out of a window in Camden.  I was walking along his street taking photos for the “Bleeding London” project.  He was probably wondering why a human with functioning legs and free time wasn’t offering to take him for a walk.

looking out at london