London Calling – The Tower Bridge

Over the past few months, I’ve spent a wholly unnatural amount of time in the U.K., and unfortunately, it hasn’t been the pretty part.  As is usually the case, work sends me to the industrial, blue collar “arsehole” of England.  And by the way, I’m allowed to describe it as such since a friendly British bloke at the bar said it first.

And well, to be as polite as I possibly can about it, I fucking hate it.  The weather is fucking atrocious.  I mean, I didn’t know fog was a color until I spent 6 early-winter weeks just a ways outside of Manchester.  The food is pretty shitty; the country’s culinary prowess is centered around fish and chips, malt vinegar and boiled fucking cabbage, so you can imagine how delightful the hotel fare is.  Northern blue collar shitty ass cockney accents are about as pleasant as being stabbed in the ears, and to top it all off, steering wheels are on the right and you drive on the left.  Might not sound like much, but you seriously have habits you don’t even know about when it comes to driving, and flipping everything is not just annoying, it’s downright dangerous.

Seriously, fuck England.

That said, a few weeks ago I finally had a chance to see London, and frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t seceded.  I loved it.  Weather still ain’t much, but it’s a gorgeous city, fully cosmopolitan cuisine and culture, and the accents are a lot more Hugh Grant-ish than they are up north.  Well, not really, Londoners have pretty harsh accents too, but not nearly as painful for whatever reason.  For me, London and England will forever be two completely mutually exclusive places, not to be in any way associated with the other, except for the union jack I suppose.

Anywho, on my first night in town, I filled my backpack with beer, took the underground from my hotel to the Thames River, and the Tower Bridge was just about the first thing I saw.  So, it’ll be first thing you see too.  Seems appropriate.  Have a look.

London - The Tower Bridge

Setting out from my hotel. Strand me alone in northern England for 3 days without pay? Well, I’ll go to London and you can cover my hotel and each and every beer and meal. Thanks, my boss.

London - The Tower Bridge

The King’s Cross Underground station. And, one of the many double-decker buses we’ll be seeing.

London - The Tower Bridge

Alright, here we are, the tower bridge. And as promised, more buses.

London - The Tower Bridge

The stuff of many a postcard and t-shirt.

London - The Tower Bridge

I would have gone ahead and walked on the other side of the railing…

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London - The Tower Bridge

This is my favorite, and the wall paper on my laptop. The sky is nuts.

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Is it, now?

London - The Tower Bridge

Ok, this isn’t the Tower Bridge, it’s the London Bridge. And you can rest easy knowing that in fact, it is structurally sound, and appears to be in no immediate danger of falling down.

London - The Tower Bridge

The sketchy, damp, and quite slippery staircase I descended to take last picture. I almost killed myself, turns out it was fenced off for a reason.

London - The Tower Bridge

On the left there you can just barely see St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background.

And I suppose that’ll be all for tonight, but come back soon, I have a few more pictures to show you.  Like Big Ben and the Tower of London and shit.

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton


Filed under The Sights, The Sights of Europe

5 responses to “London Calling – The Tower Bridge

  1. Amazing pictures. And the captions always make me chuckle. 🙂

  2. Charlie Beebout

    Excellent job, Brett … as always.

    I have also been to London and these photos brings it all back to me.

    But … your photos are way, WAY better than any I have ever taken in my life.

    And I love the irreverent voice that you use throughout every blog.

    I look forward to every issue.

    Excellent job ! !

  3. Marilyn

    These photos are great. I love them all!

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