It snowed in London last weekend.
I took the chance to wander along the South Bank of the Thames, reflecting on what Queen Victoria did for us in introducing the Embankment (under which could run London’s sewers), on the great mansions that flanked the north bank around where Somerset House and Inner/Middle Temple now stand, to look at my stomping ground where the Globe and Rose theatres stood, and to think about those who now live along the Thames.
Although the Thames no longer freezes over as it did before the Embankments narrowed and deepened the river, here’s
proof that sometimes things can be a bit snowy, even in Central London.
Looking towards Southwark Cathedral
The Globe theatre, sited near the original construction
Cathedral Houses, now offered for sale
OXO Tower, now part riverside homes. So called because OXO flouted a ban on advertising by incorporating lit windows into the tower of this building in the shape of OXO.
Charles Barry’s House of Parliament and one of the Victorian lamp posts that flank the Embankment.
And finally, a frozen fountain in Trafalgar Square, against the backdrop of Canada House (somewhere we visited during London Open House Weekend in 2008).