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London Shots

Happy (belated) New Year! Christmas was certainly a busy time seeing family and catching up with friends. However, I managed to escape into London with the camera and finally head up to the top of The Monument (near Bank), Borough Market at London Bridge and then around City Hall by Tower Bridge.

The full album which I continuously update is available to view on Flickr.

The Diner, Soho

The Burger Chronicles

“Big Kahuna Burger?…The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast!”

At some point in June 2012, my friend Luke and I made a pact; to find the best burger in London. What is it that so satisfying about a good burger? The meat? The glazed bun? The relish and salty sides that accompany it? Or is it the nostalgia of every bite that takes people back to their childhoods? Many bloggers have taken on the task before in search of this holy grail, but what’s the fun in reading about it all?* Move out of the way, clowns and kings! It’s time to follow our taste buds!

*With the exception of this particular blog.

This is not necessarily in ranking order or by any approved scoring system; just in sequence of where we visited, and literally, our gut feeling.

 

1) Byron Burger, Northcote Road, Clapham SW11 (Score: 9/10)

Burger: Californian (6oz beef patty, dry cured bacon, guacamole, pickled red onion, glazed bun)

This is a special seasonal burger that Tom Byng brought back from his time on the west coast of the US. This was the closest I think I have been to tasting what I imagine the “Big Kahuna Burger” to be. The meat was medium pink, juicy and god damn good! The bun is still the best bun I have ever tasted on a burger, it doesn’t dry out the flavours. It filled a hole, and maybe it was the taste buds going into overdrive, but I still had a few more bites in me.

Byron Burger

 

2) MEATliquor, Welbeck Street, West End W1G (Score: 8/10)

Burger: Bacon cheeseburger (Beef, cheese, bacon, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard with a side of Philly cheese steak fries)

This very nearly takes the trophy away from Byron. The burger was juicy and cooked medium, and the Philly cheese steak fries add to the gut-buster experience! It was the 60+ minute queue in the cold on a Wednesday night that knocks it down a point.

MEATliquor

 

3) The Diner, Ganton Street, Soho, W1F (Score: 6/10)

Burger: The Diablo (8oz patty made from rib, sirloin, filet & chuck topped with bacon and cheese)

It was a decent burger, but the sides let me down here. I ordered a chocolate malt milkshake which got served in the same silver-tinned pint as GBK and Byron, only to be 2/3 full. Come on guys, an extortionate £4.70 deserves a full one.

The Diner, Soho.

4) Honest Burgers, Soho, W1F (Score: 7/10)

Burger: The Honest Burger (Beef, red onion relish, smoked bacon, cheese, pickled onion, lettuce)

This place gets very busy and they don’t take bookings, but they can call you back if you want to wait in a nearby bar. The burger was perfectly chargrilled on the outside and pink in the middle, and the rustic fries were crispy. The menu isn’t expansive; chicken, beef or veggie (which has been outlawed by this researcher), and I was disappointed with no milkshakes. Be sure to ask about the specials board, and double up if it’s on there!

Honest Burgers

5) The Shake Shack, Covent Garden, WC2E (Score: 8/10)

Burger: SmokeShack Double (Cheeseburger with bacon, chopped cherry peppers and shack sauce. Crinkle fries on the side)

The Shake Shack double stack was a tasty burger! We were lucky enough to get served on it’s opening night in Convent Garden, and the wait was worth it. It has a different set up to other gourmet burger chains that are popping up; it has a fast food service set up. This seemed like a true American burger as it was quite difficult to finish along with the crinkle fries and chocolate milkshake!

The Shake Shack burger

So there you have it for now. I think MEATliquor’s burger was the tastiest, but Byron offered the better overall meal along with sides, milkshake and a good beer. The quest doesn’t stop here though, there are others out there to be found!

Sunset Over Clapham

With the recent summer spell here in Clapham, London (it has lasted almost a whole week!), I finally had the opportunity to grab some sunset stills whilst the skies were clear.

London Cable Car

On the run up to Christmas, I finally had the time to take to the skies (!) on the London Cable Car, also known as the Emirates Air Line. Have to say, I really didn’t pick the best day either. Due to the fog I could barely see further than Canary Wharf. To me it seems strange to travel from the Excel centre at the Royal Albert Docks to the O2 in North Greenwich, other than during the 2012 Olympics. There’s just nothing really there to see!

The cable car ride itself lasted no longer than 5 mins, and you just hop on an open carriage whilst it’s still moving, and disembark the other end in a similar style. It’s not the busiest method of London public transport, and it was never designed to be. However, the ease of using an Oyster card or buying from the ticket kiosk makes it easily accessible to anyone. Unless your visiting the Excel/O2 there’s easier and quicker ways to get to either destination, but it is one of those things I would recommend to do once. I’d advise to pick a sunny day for best results!

A Different Perspective of London

At the weekend I finally took to the (surprisingly) blue skies of London on a helicopter tour of the city. It was the first time earning my stripes in a chopper, and luckily managed to grab the co-pilot’s seat. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to co-pilot! The fight was a lot smoother than I anticipated, given the windy weather conditions. The views were absolutely stunning though; we flew in from the East over the Olympic site, then worked our way down the River Thames past Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the Shard, London Eye and Westminster. We even saw the helicopters parked in The Oval cricket ground that were being used to film Tom Cruise’s new film All You Need Is Kill in Trafalgar Square that day. Unfortunately some of my photos appear unstabilised, but it was harder than expected to operate manual focus through the scuffy windscreen and the sharp turning of the helicopter. I was using my 18-55mm Canon EF-S kit lens which was fine for the panoramic shots (perhaps slightly too much, as at 18mm I still had the dashboard panels in view), but some people may crave the need for the extra zoom. So if you get the chance to take to the skies, I’d recommend taking along something additional like a 70-200mm lens and definitely a lens hood. A fish-eye lens will probably be wasted, as the majority  of your shot will be dashboard. I’d save that lens for the viewing gallery at the top of The Shard when it opens in 2013.

London 2012 Olympic Flame

The London 2012 Games

After initially wanting to boycott the London 2012 Olympics not because of the “burden” on the British economy, but because we suspected our landlord of driving us out of East London to capitalise on rent, I was in fact glued to the coverage whilst it was on. I failed to secure any tickets in the ballot stages, but some lucky family members and a 3am browse of the LOCOG site changed all of that and we were off to the Paralympics!

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St. Paul's Cathedral

Top 7 Outstanding Places To Visit In London

If you are searching for the top seven outstanding places to visit in London, you can choose from a vast assortment of famous and historical selections. In addition, there are many theatre offerings that can be enjoyed and reservations made through a central London box office or the Box Office of many outstanding theatres.  (more…)

Olympic Rings

The Olympic Rings Unveiled On Tower Bridge

It’s officially now 1 month until the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, and Londoners are starting to see the city change visually in the run up. Underground maps have been altered to show keys areas where events are taking place, official cycle lanes have been marked out and now the Olympic rings have been added to the iconic Tower Bridge. They were unveiled Wednesday night accompanied by a light show sponsored by GE, blasting the Towers with colour before lowering the rings. Living only down the road in Wapping, I trekked out on the rare summers night, Canon 550D in hand, to grab a few shots. They do look quite impressive. However, I was expecting the rings them self to be the focus of the lighting rather than the structure of Tower Bridge. Anyhoo, lighting design aside (!), the full album is available on my Flickr set.

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London In The Sunshine!

Given the recent heatwave that has kick-started summer in the fair town of Londinuim, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to get out shooting with the new Canon. Literally not a single speck of white in the sky aside from the trails of jet engines. Beautiful. London is one of the best looking cities in the world when viewed in the sunshine. Rays reflect off of modern glass skyscrapers to the baroque and iconic monuments, and the street cafés are bursting out on to the pavements.

You can find the rest of my shots on my Flickr set.

Climbing A Shard of Glass

Climbing a Shard of Glass

The Shard is the building that everyone has had their eyes on since it started to pierce the skyline of London in 2009, and we’ve all been wondering what views it’s going to offer. It’ll certainly be a different way to look at the capital. But thanks to a few individuals over at Place Hacking, they’ve infiltrated the soon-to-be tallest building in the European Union and provided us with a preview!

It’s not due to open to the public until June 2012, just in time for the London Olympics, but this blog provides some fascinating views from the top as well as some of its internal construction. I’ve always been intrigued by photos of abandoned industrial facilities, hospitals, factories, etc. Have you come across any similar blogs? Post a comment with your findings, I’d love to see what we can come up with. Click the image for more on this.