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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 28 May 2012

The Scoop

Along the banks of the Thames near Tower Bridge is a riverside amphitheatre known as The Scoop. It holds free concerts and events there throughout the Summer.

As I was walking past today I noticed a small bronze sculpture which I had never noticed before. Not sure whether it is new or whether I just didn't notice it because possibly tourists (or bloggers) were always gathered around it taking photos! Anyway it fascinated me as it was a small 3D model of the area.

Looking at it closely you can see The Thames with HMS Belfast moored just in front of Hay's Galleria. The bridge crossing the Thames is Tower Bridge and on the North side of the Thames there is The Tower of London. Crossing the river to the South you have  a bronze sphere which represents the Greater London council building. Next to that looking like a hole in the ground is The Scoop. I stood a little way from the model and took my own 360 degree views:-

The Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Greater London Council
The Scoop

The Shard in the background with the offices of Ernst and Young in front and the concrete seats of The Scoop in the foreground

HMS Belfast.
If you look in the background to the left you can just about see the golden top of the Monument which is in the heart of the city( a memorial to the Great fire of London in1666)

The Swiss Re building or the gherkin as it is commonly referred to is in the background. The cranes in the foreground a very common sight around the centre of London these days.


  1. Hi there - looks like the Scoop has a great setting. I would not like to collect the window cleaning bills for the buildings around it mind you!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  2. Quite a place to live! I like your detailed explanation and the pictures. I can see why the Swiss Re building is called the gherkin. :-)

  3. What a great way to show the area, a 3D map. Great post. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. Thanks for the tour, London is an exciting place to visit. The Scoop looks like a cool place for an outdoor concert. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

  5. Thank you for this wonderful journey to a place that must feel full of energy. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  6. I enjoyed this slice of London very much. The Scoop is an interesting shape when no people are sitting there, and I think the bronze sculpture is fascinating.

  7. That small bronze sculpture was a wonderful discovery, taking you and your readers to an in-depth view of the area. I read a fictional account of the great fire and the plague when I was a teenager. It was called "The Sign of the Red Cross" and your fascinating post triggered a memory of not being able to put the book down.

  8. WOW!!! Things have really changed in London since I was taking students there in the summers. I loved your picture of the Tower of London. It is a fabulous capture. I always made sure my students were there at least 30 minutes BEFORE it opened so as to avoid those long lines. The sculpture is really neat. I am so glad you were able to get us a photo of it. As for the Scoop...I do not remember it at all. It must be something new. Your shot of the Tower Bridge is wonderful, too. You brought back many years of happy memories for me. genie

  9. Amazing pictures. Small bronze sculpture is full of history. Thank you for sharing.


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