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Tuesday
Aug022011

The Cycling Photographer

At the weekend I combined two of my favourite hobbies and took my camera out on a bike ride around London. It was so much fun i might make a regular feature of it!

On this trip I first visited the Brick Lane area of London. Here there are many coffee shops such as Nude Espresso in Hanbury Street, which is probably my favourite so far. Great cappucino but I had to wait a while as it's so popular. On Brick Lane itself, there are some hidden clubs such as 93 feet East,

 and also plenty of characters  just lounging on the street, such as these guys..

This area is full of trendy shops such as Sunspel,

design shops like this one,

and galleries like this:

I then cycled through the back streets and found a Saturday market in a disused car park. You couldn't miss this place, as they had a DJ! Sounded like the old pirate radio stations I used to enjoy.

After cycling down Bethnal Green Road, I found Mason & Taylor which is a newish craft beer or real ale venue. It's meant to be good although I haven't tried it yet.

 

Next, I rode toward the Strand, stopping off to take this shot of my new bike near the Old Bailey.

Then it was onward to the South Bank, which I often use for model shoots.

 

Toward Southwark, these youths were practising the sport of parkour, or free-running. Impressive to watch but could be dangerous at my age..

On the return journey, a shot of the iMax:

and St Paul's peeking over the buildings:

 

Overall combining cycling and photography was a great way to spend a few hours! More to follow.

 

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