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Classic London architecture

I visited London today for a school concert in a church St. Paul??s Cathedral so I took my camera along to take some architectural photos while I was there. I spent some time before and after the concert in the area around St. Pauls and found lots of inspiration in the architectural shapes and details around the Cathedral. Once I felt I??d exhausted St. Pauls I walked along Cheapside towards the Bank station, stopping off briefly at the church of St. Mary-le-Bow. The bells from this church provide the definition of the term Cockney ?? for someone to be considered a genuine Cockney they must have been born within the sound of Bow Bells. Outside the church there was a chap shining shoes and I couldn??t resist taking a surreptitious shot of him while he was deep in conversation with a customer. I finished my walk outside the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street where I took a few shots of the building??s façade, the only remaining part of Sir John Soane??s 1788 bank building.

There's so much detail to enjoy in this sort of architecture

I found these sheep and their shepherd in Paternoster Square, near St. Paul's Cathedral. They were sculpted by Elizabeth Frink.

St. Paul's Cathedral

The sun came out just as I took this - perfect timing!

The cherubs were enjoying the sunshine too

Do you ever get a feeling of being very small?!

I'd love to know what they were talking about!

A boot scraper outside St. Mary-Le-Bow - only to be used by genuine Cockneys?

The Bank of England has such elegant pillars

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    • # Eiram

      Wow...this is a perfect set! Stunning!

      I love the angle in the first photo very much , and at No 7 my head is spinning:) great work!

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    • # Stefan Fletcher

      So, Sir Christopher's epitaph should be updated to read (in English) "if you seek my monument, look about you - at f/11, 200 ISO, 1/30 sec". I like the tone in 1 and 3.

      Nice shots

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    • # Milton Jacob

      wow! wow!! wow!!! stunning. last time i missed visiting this cathedral. but soon i will get a chance to visit London again... and i won't miss this. :)
      #1 is the No. 1! did u crop it? no.. for curiosity as i wonder about the image size (lengthXwidth) XD

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    • # Riaz

      Excellent shots, showing the great architecture in London! Adding No 1 to My Favs!

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