OK. Here's the deal. There are 212 photos in my "London" folder from last weekend's roadtrip from hell. There is absolutely no way I can show you even a quarter of them without creating a mega photo-sharing post or a slide show, and I have an aversion to both. So I thought I'd bundle the photos according to area and show you a few out of each group instead.
To start, I give you Peckham (pronounced as Peck-uhm, not Peck-ham). Not one of the most salubrious areas of London, but I did warn you it's the London the tourists don't see. Ahem. Keep in mind that I took these pictures from the car while we were moving (admittedly at crawling speed) along the A202, so the photos aren't terribly well-framed. I guess what I'm saying is, cut me some slack, OK.
I've no idea what this is (other than a building that's been boarded up after a fire) but I like the art. I spotted it in New Cross, a run-down but very hip neighbourhoood, just before Peckham proper.
In case you're still wondering why it took us 40 minutes to drive 4.5 miles, here's the answer: roadworks!
This is a typical terrace, a row of identical or mirror-image houses sharing side walls - either Victorian or mock Victorian, I can't tell.
Did I mention the traffic? Notice the cars are perfectly stationery although the light is green.
A pub and two shops with funky names...
A typical neighbourhood mini market - sells everything and anything.
A messy picture, but I like it because you can see Manze's traditional pie and mash shop and catch a glimpse of the top of the futuristically designed Peckham Library.
A typical high street: Rye Lane and the Aylesham Shopping Centre.
I like this photo because of the scooter. You don't often see scooters on London roads. Also because the sun's shining and the sky's looking interesting.
The Harris Academy at Peckham promoting themselves.
And finally, the back of a London bus!
These are the best of my Peckham photos, plus a bonus one here. So, tell me, how closely do they match what you expected to see?