One of the world's great cities, London has it all, from countless historic buildings to grand royal palaces, and from great restaurants and authentic British pubs to cutting-edge modern architecture and vast public parks.
Your MoMI chief editor recently had an opportunity to visit London on business, from 8-15 September 2013. And while the primary purpose of the trip meant long hours, much of it inside, who could pass up an opportunity to get out and do some sightseeing when time permitted? Given a previous trip to London in 2009 (see earlier postings on the MoMI), it was decided to devote the available free time to seeing sights missed in '09, as well as revisiting a few of the fondly-remembered places. Please find below a selection of photos taken during this whirlwind week in London...
First, some shots related to the 'business' portion of the trip:
|The Millennium Mayfair Hotel, Grosvenor Square|
|Electronic keycards for Room 381 at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, Grosvenor Square|
|Millennium Mayfair Hotel, Room 381|
Macdonald House, the Canadian High Commission (embassy) in London
A BAE Systems display outside the ExCel Centre, featuring a Eurofighter Typhoon (left and a Supermarine Spitfire (right).
|A Royal Navy Merlin helicopter on display at DSEI.|
A Lynx helicopter aboard the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland, moored alongside the ExCel Centre for DSEI 2013.
And now photos of the "pleasure" part of the trip:
|The memorial to victims of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in America.|
A sculpture of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stands at the northern end of
Grosvenor Square, within sight of the U.S. Embassy, located at the western end of the park.
Hay's Galleria, a shopping concourse and visitor attraction on the Jubilee Walk on the south bank of the Thames in Southwark. Opened in 1987, Hay's Galleria features a large sculpture/water feature, The Navigators, by David Kemp.
Part of the More London complex, a 13-acre development along the south bank of the Thames which also includes London City Hall. The complex was designed by Sir Norman Foster and Partners.
|A view of Picadilly Circus|
|Looking east along Coventry Street at Picadilly Circus.|
A 2013 edition of the London Underground map. Note the 150th anniversary marking, as the Tube celebrates 150 years of service to Londoners in 2013.
|Regent Street, near Picadilly Circus.|
The Shard, London's tallest skyscraper at 87 stories. Opened in February 2013, The Shard stands 1,004 feet high.
|The famous Tower Bridge|
A closer view of HMS Belfast, taken on the quiet, sunny morning of Sunday, 15 September 2013.
A view of Belfast's stern, showing the long gangway permitting visitors to board the ship on the port quarterdeck.
A choir gathers and warms up prior to an open-air concert in The Scoop, a sunken amphitheatre located next to City Hall in the More London development.
|Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London.|
And London by night...
|Admiralty Arch, completed in 1912.|
|A nighttime view of the illuminated Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.|
|The Palace of Westminster, as seen from the Westminster Bridge at night.|
The National Gallery and the fountains of Trafalgar Square on the night
of 8 September 2013.
Dusk falls over London: The Shard's distinctive design showcases the cutting-edge architecture of this grand city.
For a change of pace, we head to the idyllic surroundings and relaxed atmosphere of the Royal Borough of Greenwich:
A view along College Approach, one of Greenwich's quaint streets, populated by pubs, restaurants, and boutiques.
Wrought iron gates on the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College.
The Queen Mary Building, on the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College. The buildings and grounds, designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century, are now part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.
|A closer view of the Queen Mary Building.|
The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, on the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College.
Looking up Greenwich Church Street on a rainy afternoon in Greenwich.
|Entrance gate to the Old Royal Naval College grounds.|
|The Gypsy Moth pub on Greenwich Church Street.|
A distinctive British red phone booth at the corner of Romney Road and King William Walk in Greenwich.
|Looking up King William Walk on the way to Greenwich Park.|
The free guide to the Royal Museums Greenwich, comprising the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Queen's House, and the Cutty Sark historic ship.
The gravel path leading to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. This free museum is dedicated to Britain's seafaring history and houses an extensive collection of nautical and maritime artefacts.
A closer view of the National Maritime Museum in the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The museum opened in 1934 in the building formerly housing the Royal Naval Hospital School.
A stockless anchor from the Royal Navy's last conventional aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, now on display at the entrance to the National Maritime Museum.
A gigantic builders' model of the Second World War-era battleship King George V, on display near the entrance to the museum.
The National Maritime Museum's collection of Royal Navy ship badges.
Ship's badge for the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Renown, commissioned in 1916 and scrapped in 1948.
|The museum's collection of ship's figureheads.|
The figurehead from HMS Ajax, a 74-gun third rate launched in 1809, converted to screw propulsion in 1846, and broken up in 1864. A smaller figurehead of a bulldog is mounted on the right.
|One of the displays within the Maritime London: 1700 to Now gallery.|
The state barge built for Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King George II, in 1732. Measuring 63 feet in length, the barge would have been rowed by 21 oarsmen, and was gilded in 24-carat gold leaf throughout.
A side-lever steam engine from the paddle-wheel tugboat Reliant (ex-Old Trafford), which served on the Manchester Ship Canal from 1907 to 1950, and then in Newcastle until the late-1960s.
|The National Maritime Museum's Great Map.|
Statues of some of Brtiain's great sea captains: Admiral Sir James Saumarez (centre); Captain Sir William Peel (right); Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith (left). Behind Saumarez is a statue of Admiral Sir Edward Pellew.
|Captain Sir William Peel|
Model of HMS Cornwallis, a 54-gun fourth rate ship of the line, built in Bombay in 1801.
A model of HMS Royal Oak.
A shot of the gallery entitled, The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire. According to the museum, this exhibit traces "the movement of people, goods and ideas across and around the Atlantic Ocean from the 17th century to the 19th century."
A model ship and landing craft/barge on display.
Paintings of sailing ships displayed in The Atlantic: Slaverty, Trade, Empire.
Below: Photos of Traders: the East India Company and Asia, a new permanent gallery at the National Maritime Museum. This exhibit traces the history of the East India Company from its origins in the 1600s to its downfall after the 1857 Indian Mutiny. According to the museum, "[t]he gallery explores the influence of Company trade and power, tracing the changing relationships between Britain and Asia that this brought about. This trade involved key commodities, different locations and many people. It had consequences that changed Britain and the world and still affect us today."
A ship-in-a-bottle sculpture on display behind the National Maritime Museum.
Walking down The Ave in Greenwich Park. Up a hill to the right is Greenwich Observatory.
A view of Greenwich Park and, beyond, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf on the north bank of the Thames.
A closer look at the broad, green lawns of Greenwich Park and Canary Wharf.
The monument to General James Wolfe, the victor of Quebec. This monument is located next to the Greenwich Observatory, with Wolfe's statue looking out over Greenwich Park from the top of the hill.
|The famous Royal Observatory Greenwich, site of the prime meridian, marking 0 degrees of longitude and thus the dividing line between the eastern and western hemispheres.|
And, finally, some photos of the excellent Royal Air Force Museum, located in North London at the former RAF Hendon airfield, only a short walk from the Colindale Underground Station:
The sign for the RAF Museum in Hendon, prominently displayed on the side of one of the hangars containing dozens of historic aircraft.
A Bristol Bloodhound surface-to-air missile, Britain's primary air defence weapon from its introduction in December 1958 to 1991, when it was withdrawn from RAF service. Bloodhounds were also operated by Australia, Sweden, Singapore, and Switzerland.
A Supermarine Spitfire is the centrepiece of an exterior display used by historical reenactors in period costume to represent life around a Second World War fighter airfield.
The Milestones of Flight gallery, showcasing notable flying machines from the dawn of aviation history right up to the present.
The British/German/Italian-designed EADS Eurofighter Typhoon fighter hangs suspended from the ceiling of the Milestones of Flight gallery.
A United States Army Air Force P-51 Mustang fighter on display in the Milestones of Flight gallery.
EADS Eurofighter Typhoon, the current mainstay of the Royal Air Force
tactical fighter fleet.
|Another view of the EADS Eurofighter Typhoon.|
|BAe Harrier GR3|
A Gloster Meteor F9/40 prototype of the first jet fighter to enter Royal Air Force service. This aircraft was the first F9/40 manufacturered by Gloster Aircraft Company.
The fuselage of the full-scale mockup F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, depicting the nine partner nations and main contractors involved in the design and development of this novel, fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
Full-scale mockup of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which will serve as the backbone of Britain's tactical fighter fleet for the first half of the 21st century. The mockup was donated to the museum by F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
|Messerschmitt Me-262 fighter bomber|
German Fokker D.VII, one of the outstanding fighters of the First World War.
|Remains of a Handley Page Halifax bomber|
|Avro Lancaster bomber|
The Royal Air Force Marching Band plays an impromptu concert in the display hangar, 14 September 2013.
Boeing B-24 Liberator bomber, the aircraft that closed the Atlantic Gap during the Second World War, permitting end-to-end aerial cover for convoys transiting between North America and the UK.
de Havilland DH9A medium bomber, introduced in 1918. The DH9A saw limited service in the First World War, but comprised the Royal Air Force's backbone for post-war colonial bombing, seeing much service in Iraq and the Northwest Frontier of India.
|Focke-Wulf Fw190A-8/U-1 fighter bomber|
The Westland Belvedere HC1, the RAF's first twi-engine, twin-rotor helicopter, which saw extensive service in Britain's post-Second World War withdrawal from empire. The natives of Borneo nicknamed the Belvedere 'The Flying Longhouse'.
|Hawker Hart Trainer, first built and flown in 1932.|