From Mile End to Bow and Stratford on a Summer’s Day, a set on Flickr.
This photo set, the 80th in my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, which I began last May, is the second of three that precedes and follows on from a set I published last July, entitled, “The Olympics Minus One Day: Photos from the Frontline in Stratford” (and see here too), in which I cycled east from Whitechapel along the A11 — Mile End Road, which becomes Bow Road and crosses the A12 on the way to the Olympic Park along Stratford High Street. In the Olympics set I published in July, I then cycled up to Leyton, along the A12 at the north of the Olympic Park, and then back south via Hackney Wick, Old Ford, Poplar and the Isle of Dogs, stopping in on Greenwich before returning home to Brockley.
Following the previous set, “Adventures in History: The Mile End Road,” in which I passed various historical landmarks on the way to Queen Mary, University of London and the Regent’s Canal, this set begins at the “green bridge” that crossed Mile End Road, and then traces my journey along Bow Road, past the derelict St. Clement’s Hospital, and other landmarks, to Bow Church, marooned on a traffic island, and the Bow Flyover, which vaults over the A12, where bikes were exempt from the Olympic traffic ban, and I had great views, from a highway that is never normally empty in the daytime, of the Olympic Park, the Lea Navigation (the River Lea), the A12 and the northern reaches of Bow and Stratford.
The final set, to follow — which largely takes up after my journey around the perimeter of the Olympic Park — features a few photos from Leyton, and then from my journey back south via Hackney Wick and Old Ford, across Bow Road, and down through Poplar to the Isle of Dogs, after which I stopped in Greenwich briefly before returning home to Brockley.
After that, I’ll get back to publishing some contemporary photos, as the winter continues to bite, and the brief bloom of warmth two weeks ago has given way to biting cold weather for the last seven days.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the second part of my visit to east London on a glorious summer day last July.
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On Facebook, Christopher John Webster wrote:
loving the Green Bridge and Original Taste… don’t know Mile End at all so it’s really good to see these…thanks.
You’re welcome, Chris. I’m due another visit, I think. I was in Whitechapel/Mile End last Saturday for an event, funnily enough, just after I had posted the first set of photos, so I got to revisit a few of the places I had photographed, and also to check out more of the back streets. It’s a really fascinating part of London. Now I want to revisit Bow and start filing in some more gaps …
Louise Gordon wrote:
Those are beautiful photographs! Maybe I’ll move to London.
Thank you, Louise. Perhaps I should work for the London Tourist Board. Ha, can you imagine?
Louise Gordon wrote:
That would be a big switch!
Just a bit. I’d be handing out sharpened pitchforks, telling people where all the super-rich criminal scum – sorry, politicians, bankers and corporate businessmen -live, and organising tours of council estates, beachcombing, bike rides along the Thames and through the city’s forgotten corners. Come to think of it, it could be great! Revolution through tourism!
I may be getting carried away now …
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