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Thursday, 27 November 2003

Royal Victoria Docks

The Sound Broadcasting Equipment Show was held on Wednesday and Thursday this week, at ExCeL - the exhibition and conference centre at Docklands in East London. Ed and I had planned to attend on Thursday, meeting up at the entrance to the exhibition. While waiting for Ed to arrive, I went for a wander, and found a tall bridge spanning the Royal Victoria Dock. The dock was a striking landmark that just invited photographs to be taken of it, and the surrounding area, especially from the extra height afforded by the bridge.

Over the past few days, the rain has been persistent - the skies dark and threatening; it soon struck me that morning that the sun was out, and in the absence of any breeze, it was beginning to warm up. Here are the photos that I took - please drop me a note if you'd like me to send you larger versions of them.

view of the front of ExCeL
A view of the front of ExCeL from the bridge. The entrance hall is the triangular glass area to the right of the picture - you can see the 'ExCeL' logo almost in profile at the top of the building

side view of ExCeL
The exhibition centre stretches along the dockside. At the end, there appears to be a large white cruise ship, which I believe is a floating hotel. It's difficult to make out, but about two thirds of the way across the picture is the runway for London City Airport.

royal victoria dock smooth waters
The water on the docks was so calm, reflecting the sky and skyscrapers. This photo was taken on the waterline - a little less scary than the rickety lift up the side of the bridge.

Dome, Canary Wharf and Cranes
The Millennium Dome was close by - this photo includes the Dome and Canary Wharf (or One Canada Place) tucked behind the dockside buildings.

Sky over London
The sky may have been blue, but a pervading smog covers London - this photo (hopefully) shows that up. The cloud in the centre was there all afternoon. Most unusual!


Posted by james at November 27, 2003 10:00 PM

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