The Usual and Unusual Sights of London

Yesterday I went for a short stroll along the River Thames. Here’s what I saw:

Children sketching. But of what? .

Children sketching. But of what? .

St. Paul's of course!

St. Paul’s of course!

It seems that I keep noticing the Shard now. Months ago I had never heard of it.

It seems that I keep noticing the Shard now. Months ago I didn’t know the name of the pyramid in the sky.

And St. Paul's again.

St. Paul’s again.

A sand couch? Not sure what this guy is up to.

A sand couch? Not sure what this guy is up to.

Why Red Bull?

Why Red Bull?

Oh no! Books outside of the BFI.

Oh no! Books outside of the B.F.I.

A lot of books. I resisted yet again and didn't buy any. It helped that I didn't have any cash.

A lot of books. I resisted yet again and didn’t buy any. It helped that I didn’t have any cash.

Near the BFI there's this graffiti.

Near the B.F.I .there’s this graffiti.

It seemed like a popular spot for skateboarders.

It seemed like a popular spot for skateboarders.



It has been years since I tried that.

It has been years since I tried that.


Whilst crossing the bridge by Hungerford Bridge I looked over the side and saw these broken skateboards on one of the supports of the bridge. I was pretty close to where I saw the skateboarders earlier.

Whilst crossing Hungerford Bridge I looked over the side and saw these broken skateboards on one of the supports of the bridge.

Another shot.

Another shot.

Unfortunately I had to get back to work so I hopped the Tube and headed home. I wonder what I’ll find on my next stroll.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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69 Responses to The Usual and Unusual Sights of London

  1. Palm Trees & Bare Feet says:

    Lovely pictures! Looks like a fun little afternoon adventure!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Faith says:

    Love these pictures of London! I lived there 3 months on a study abroad trip and I absolutely loved the “nontouristy” stuff like this!

    • TBM says:

      It’s amazing how diverse the city is. yes there’s the normal, but you don’t have to look too hard to find the unusual. It’s everywhere.

      • lauwrra says:

        Agreed! I think sometimes in the daily things we do we find the most unusual, we just don’t always realize it. Love this and reminds me of when I used to live there…. thank you!

      • TBM says:

        I’m also shocked by some of the things I see every day here on my walks with my dog. Glad you enjoyed your memories. This is a wonderful place to live. I’ve been here over a year but I still feel so new to the city.

  3. Rusty Sidhu says:

    Beautiful pictures! Really, really hope to visit sometime!

  4. Love these strolls through London. Makes me want to hop on a plane right now. You’re so lucky to be living there!

  5. Colline says:

    That sand sculpture looks interesting 🙂

  6. Jo Bryant says:

    so how good of a skateboarder were you ?

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Wonderful grafitti, is this your weekly photo challenge: lunchtime?

    • TBM says:

      I guess it could have been, but I didn’t think of it. It was during my Thursday lunch break. And I didn’t use my cell phone for the photos. Don’t think that matters though.

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  9. Daniel says:

    This is just like me – I love traveling and observing people around me!


    • TBM says:

      It’s so much fun to just open your eyes and to see what is actually happening around you. So often we are so busy getting from point A to point B and forget to look.

  10. dadirri7 says:

    what a jolly jaunt … gorgeous sky and scenery, and glad you took us in to the skateboarders world too!

    • TBM says:

      I enjoyed watching them. they weren’t too excited that I was, but they were friendly enough. It would make me nervous and I would probably fall down.

  11. Fergiemoto says:

    I enjoyed seeing the unusual! That couch, although nicely sculpted, probably isn’t as soft and comfy as it looks.

  12. Cool shots! I wish I were strolling with you on a London day….Haven’t seen the Shard. What do you think of it? The architecture, that is? I love St. Paul’s….

    • TBM says:

      At first I didn’t like the Shard, but I have to admit it’s starting to grow on me. Not sure what I like about it, but one of the things about London I like is the mix of the old and new. a lot of times I find myself staring. I haven’t been inside or to the top yet. I hear the views are great, but it costs over 20 quid to get in. Not sure I want to pay that much.

  13. The Hook says:

    This one had EVERYTHING!

  14. zannyro says:

    Pretty cool shots! Loved all the graffiti ..really colorful 🙂

    • TBM says:

      It adds to the neighborhood in my opinion. Not a fan of people who just tag buildings and have no skill or creativity.

      • zannyro says:

        lol… looked like this was kind of a secluded area and hopefully, not too detrimental to the rest of the neighborhood…I’m not a fan of tagging buildings and walls, etc…gosh I’m rambling…but I think they should set up areas where these “artists” can express themselves…leave it up for a week, then cover it up and let them start again..

      • TBM says:

        That’s a great idea and I think true art/graffiti adds to the city. So many artists are talented and need a way to showcase their art, especially during these difficult economic times. They add color, frivolity, and create conversations. Can’t imagine a world without art.

      • zannyro says:

        I can’t either…

  15. petit4chocolatier says:

    Love the pictures; especially the graffiti!!

  16. thirdeyemom says:

    Ok love the sand couch!!!

  17. All those books! I probably would have spent hours browsing there. You had a lot of willpower not to buy anything. I’m currently on a self-imposed moratorium on buying books. I just can’t fit one more on my shelves!

    • TBM says:

      My problem is that I own so many books that I haven’t read yet. And I’m trying to save money for more travel. It’s hard though. I feel like I need a 12 step program. I wish you luck!

  18. I am soooo proud of you!!! You passed up all of those beautiful books! My heart started racing just looking at the pictures :). On our way home from down south, we stopped in to meet a fellow blogger, Dor, in Virginia (not sure if you follow her or not), and she gave me a pile of books she was going to donate to the library. It was awesome to meet one of my blogging friends in person and to get free books at the same time :). Hopefully, we will get to meet next year!! Wouldn’t that be awesome?

    • TBM says:

      Yes it would and feel free to bring me as many books as you want 😉 I hope you had a lovely vacation and are home safe and sound.

      • Yes, we are home safe and sound and starting back into the icky routine of work today :(. Our vacation was wonderful (I miss the ocean soooo much), and I took hundreds and hundreds of photos. I just don’t know when I will get to them LOL! Yesterday I spent the whole day doing laundry, finishing unpacking and getting everything shipshape again. Now I’m back to work and I have a book that I have to edit at night. It’s a great story, but English is not the author’s first language, so the editing process is a long and frustrating one. Oh well, one step at a time right? 🙂

      • TBM says:

        Don’t you love getting back into the swing of things. Good luck editing the story. How long have you been doing that? I knew about the book reviews.

      • This is actually my first one. YIKES!! It was supposed to be more like a polishing second edit which would have been fine for me to do since I’m not an editor by trade, but the author changed a lot and added more, and it now appears like it is going to be a major job. Oh well, I’m very picky about errors and I have great attention to detail, so hopefully I will do ok :). It pays a lot more than the reviewing does – that’s why I bought myself that new ereader/tablet – I was spending the money before I get it LOL!!!

      • TBM says:

        Yikes, a little more than you bargained for. But I know you can do it!

      • Thanks! I needed that vote of confidence :).

  19. IsobelandCat says:

    Watch out! You risk being as addicted to walking along the South bank, especailly in summer, as i am!

  20. IsobelandCat says:

    Oh and Red Bull, they do a lot of sponsorship so this person will probably be featured on their site.

  21. Novroz says:

    Interesting Findings…I like the sand couch, looks comfy.
    ooooh the book heaven!!!

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  23. aFrankAngle says:

    Great stroll of uncommon sites.

  24. Valentina says:

    You are right many cities have more unusual life and sight and it’s not hard to find them.

  25. pattisj says:

    I was drooling over those books!

  26. it’s nice to start my day with a trip to London. Makes it easier to get in my car and head to my real destination. thanks for that!

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