East End Odyssey: Photos of a Journey from Leyton to Poplar

The transformation of High Road LeytonHigh Road Leyton's colourful makeoverThe Hertford Union Canal, near the Olympic ParkThe wreck on Wick LaneWall of doorsBroken
The car wash and the Olympic ParkThe Bow BellsLimehouse Cut from Violet RoadFootbridge, Bromley-by-BowSpratt's Patent LimitedRoyal Charlie
Chrisp Street MarketChrisp Street Market clock towerPoplar Public BathsA wonderful mural in Poplar Public BathsArt in Poplar Public BathsInside Poplar Public Baths
Poplar Public Baths: the foyer and staircasePoplar Public Baths: the foyer and doors

East End Odyssey: A Journey from Leyton to Poplar, a set on Flickr.

This photo set is the 81st in my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, which I began last May, and is the third of four sets which either precede or follow 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.

The previous two sets, “Adventures in History: The Mile End Road,” and “From Mile End to Bow and Stratford on a Summer’s Day,” covered the first part of this journey, right up to my first glimpse of the Olympic Park from the Bow Flyover. This set largely picks up where the Olympics set left off, although it includes a few photos not specifically related to the Olympics, which I took in Leyton and Hackney Wick and Old Ford, while making my way around the perimeter of the Olympic Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Development and Decay: Photos of Commercial Road in Stepney and Limehouse

The Troxy, an Art Deco triumphThe Brewery TapLavender HouseThe warrior guardianEast End terraceCash for scrap
Boarded upThe lost fishmongersTextures and coloursBlisteredTony & Sue'sCallegari's Restaurant
Callegari's close-upYorkshire RoadDepartureLowell Street flatsOur LadyClosed: The Limehouse Library
Apartments by the canalLimehouse Cut looking towards Limehouse BasinLimehouse Cut looking towards Bromley-by-BowLimehouse Town Hall"Crap your not Banksey!"Olympics missiles

Development and Decay: Commercial Road in Stepney and Limehouse, a set on Flickr.

As part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, this is the 59th photo set I have posted, and the last of three photo sets recording a journey I made along Commercial Road, in the East End, one hot and sunny day in July (see here and here). It was something of a revelation to me, as, although I know parts of the East End, I was largely unfamiliar with this area, and cycling the whole of the road from Aldgate to the junction near Canary Wharf, as well as making diversions into the back streets, helped bring to life this vibrant and historically fascinating part of town that I have since revisited on several occasions.

This whole part of the city — rather frayed around the edges, and with an uneasy mix of wealth and poverty, featuring the white working class and Asian immigrants on the one hand, and bankers on the other — is primarily subject to drastic changes because of its proximity to the City and Canary Wharf, and is, in a very real sense, up against the full force of international money, with developers intent on exploiting any land they can get their hands on to build new housing aimed at foreign investors — a bubble of exploitation, with investors charged too much for properties that they, in turn, sell or rent for too much to London residents. Read the rest of this entry »

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