Travel

Cardiff Tourist stuff

Carphilly Castle

Day 1 – Unsupervised So, on the Friday, our friends did Cardiff mostly unsupervised. I dropped them in the morning at Sophia Gardens with instructions that they walk through Bute Park to Cardiff Castle and pay the extra for the guided tour of the apartments. This they did and took the afternoon visiting the National […]


Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market

This has been on my list for the years I’ve been in London so far, but the street markets like Chatsworth Road and Broadway Market have dominated so far. Today we finally went. It runs from around 10 until 3 when the bargains are to be and even in the depths of January, it’s Camden-level […]


Camden farmer’s market

Here we have Norfolk’s ambassador to Camden presenting his wares at Camden farmer’s market. Ever since I’ve been in Camden I’ve wondered, and asked, often why Camden doesn’t have a farmer’s market. If I get the urge, I tend to wander up to Parliament Hill Fields on a Saturday morning. Well, now it does on […]


The Tate: Pre-Raphelites, Turner, Moriyama

On strong urging, we went to see the Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain. And therein lies a story. With joint visitation being in the region of £35, and an annual membership around £90 it seemed crazy not to cough up for membership. Plus we get lounge access! So I coughed up. And we got to see […]


Stour Space, photo exhibition

We’ve done most of the 50 emergency tourist things in London and still keep finding new stuff, like the Wallace Collection, the fabulous William Morris Gallery and the Geffrye Museum. Today, after an article in Vice, we upped and went to the badlands of Hackney Wick to see “In My Country” by Daniel Stier at […]


Epping-Ongar steam railway

Having never availed myself of that stretch of line while it was still the tube, and having made it that far recently on an epic trek into Epping Forest, with a long weekend in prospect we decided to do that train thing. First was a nice bouncy, shaky vintage Routemaster from Epping to North Weald, […]


London Olympics 2012, Dave goes to…

I’ve spent the last ten years in a big “so what” about the Olympics coming to London. That was until the opening ceremony blew us all away and confused the Americans. Now, like Charlie Brooker, I’ve been won over. After and hour of clicking on Sunday night, I scored a ticket for a REAL SPORT! […]


London Zoo

Five years in London and I finally scratched an itch. The Zoo! First up, when we went in, my eyes watered. £23 for a ticket! Ouch! But I’ll say now, it was totally worth it. We were there for nearly seven hours and even with a cheeseburger at at £5.50 and a couple of cups […]


London Festival of Photography

Having hibernated yesterday because of Jubilee rubbish grinding London to a halt and the awful weather, today I resolved to do better and hit up the London Festival of Photography. We saw a few exhibits last year and they were pretty good, and they’re well clustered in easy to get at parts of London. First […]


Broadway Market photowalk

One excellent reason for heading out to the badlands of London Fields is to visit Laura’s lovely new café “Coffee is my cup of tea”. Nestled in a railway arch next to the station, Laura and her partner have already got a great place going. It’s organic and there’s a lovely selection of cakes including […]


Spitalfields and Brick Lane Photowalk

I had the day to myself, so Paul and I decided to take a walk to the Spitalfields area to take some pics. We started at the back of Liverpool Street station trying to get inspired by some architecture, then to the Market and up Brick Lane for people and other randomness. This is my […]


Night shoot along the South Bank

We met up at the Festival Hall, then spent what felt like ages waiting for the endarkenment over the House of Parliament by County Hall. And yes, we got told off for tripods, but it turns out you can use a collapsed tripod on a wall just as easily. Dusk fell, Parliament got lit and […]


Shiny New Kings Cross

Kings Cross – Images by David HodgkinsonThe new Kings Cross opened this week, a day ahead of schedule with an awesome new ticket hall and new passenger flows with an airport-style arrivals and departures scheme and of course, a refurbished platform 9 3/4. The things has been reviewed to death by the likes of Ian […]


Minnie Weisz Studio – Wet Plate Colloidon Photography, Ambrotypes and Daguerrotypes

At the Minnie Weisz Studio

On our way back from our usual Sunday afternoon Womble to Kings Cross to see the shiny new buildings via the usual St Pancras Old Church and Camley Street natural park, we came across one of the not railway arches was open and demoing some photographic techniques. The Minnie Weisz Studio, bills itself as teaching […]


Cycling in London part two and a rant

Waiting in the cycle box

I’ve resumed cycle commuting after nearly a year’s rest. Well, aside from some trips down to Clerkenwell or to the Festival Hall for the odd meeting. The new commute is twice the length of the previous one. This one goes from Camden to Shepherd’s Bush, as the map from Runkeeper shows. Previously, the Paddington route […]


Parliament HIll Farmers Market

A blowy, showery February day was possibly not the best time to visit the recently-flagged by Kentishtowner Parliament HIll Farmers Market, but it’s only at the end of the C2 bus, so we braved it. The playground was a little sparse but there were plenty of stalls selling organic and/or free-range meats, fruits and vegetables […]


Kenwood House – another London Tourist thing

We ticked off another London tourist stuff today: Kenwood house. It’s easy to get to, the 210 bus up to the Heath from Golders Green or Archway and a wander down the drive. Thereafter the house, which was free, is lovely. It has lots of paintings with some Rembrandts, Vermeers and others particularly of the […]


Fashion on the Lock

Fashion on the Lock was a two-day event this past Thursday and Friday at Camden Lock showcasing talent such as Olga Adegoroye, Chloe Cummings, Jade Ottway, Purple Turtle Beads, Holly Mansell and Exquisite Xcessories. As usual I volunteered to take some shots but ended up getting distracted by two stands in particular: the lovely ladies […]


Long weekend in Lisbon

As our friends on Facebook know only too well, we had a long weekend in Lisbon last weekend staying with good friends, eating, drinking and doing general tourism. We ate sardines, I drank the wine, we walked the old city, saw the Sé, had Pasteis de Bélem, took the ferry, went to Sintra, sat on […]


Camden Lock Market Food

We’re lucky enough to live right by Camden Lock market and its delights, sometimes even venturing for foods on tourist days. This Easter weekend was supposed to have a special “breakfast” theme but as far as I could tell, it was the same wide variety of foods on offer inlcuding, but not limited to: curry, […]


Church Farm House – Underground Exhibition

Today we toddled up to the imminently closing Church Farm House Museum in Hendon to see the Harry Beck exhibition. Wow. With gardens at the back, a pub next door, church and graveyard it was like being in a village. Which at one point, I guess it was! So here are some pics of something […]


Street photography competition

A street photography competition caught my eye. I shoot constantly when out and about and have a huge number to choose from. A category is “world” and having spent six months in Taipei I can make a selection from there. However, my world is now Camden and I can choose a set I’ve shot since […]


A ramble round Camden, NW1

I think I shall eschew the year-end roundup. The year speaks for itself: six months in Taipei, getting married and shooting some bands I didn’t expect to like Peaches, Sheryl Crow an Arch Enemy. I feel like my photography has come on a lot this year though. I’ve got some pictures that I’d be really […]


Snow White at the Shaw Theatre

I couldn’t get tickets at a sane price for anything the Taiwanese in-laws might like, like the Nutcracker or Les Mis, so I took a massive gamble on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Shaw Theatre next to the British Library. It was lovely! It was extremely low rent with an ex-Eastender, a […]