The Road North: A Photographic Journey from Tottenham Court Road to Camden

The site of the AstoriaCharing Cross Road divertedThe mirrored bridgeTottenham Court Road building siteShutteredThe lone coffee shop
A riot of colourLooking south to Centre PointWhat to advertise at a road junction?EatCakesQube and the BT tower
Tapped & PackedMidford PlaceTwo types of sellingReflections 1Reflections 2Euston Food & Wine
Regent's Place: myth and realityLooking south to the BT TowerChildren's muralThe derelict hospital 1The derelict hospital 2The derelict hospital 3

The Road North: Tottenham Court Road to Camden, a set on Flickr.

On September 3, 2012, as part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, inspired by a journey from Triton Square through Fitzrovia to Oxford Street and Soho Square that I had taken just three days earlier, I returned to central London, to the giant Crossrail project that has currently devoured the junction where Oxford Street and New Oxford Street meet Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road (known as St. Giles Circus), and cycled north, up Tottenham Court Road, across Euston Road and up Hampstead Road to Camden Town.

Photos of Camden, and of the journey I took along the Regent’s Canal from Camden to King’s Cross, will follow soon, but this set focuses on the great artery north, technically the A400, that takes its name from a manor house just to the north west of the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, which, during the time of Henry III (1216–1272), belonged to William de Tottenhall. By the time of Elizabeth I, it was known as Tottenham Court, and now, as Tottenham Court Road, it is a busy shopping street, with electronics shops at the southern end and big furniture stores further north, although, as with most things to do with the retail environment, these certainties are generally in flux, and shops come and go with the whims of fashion, the ludicrous ease of internet shopping (consigning young people to work in warehouses in the middle of nowhere), and the state of the economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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