• Vanessa

London Landmarks in Lockdown

I'm lucky enough to live close to central London. So early yesterday morning I woke up, put my running shoes on and (making sure to respect social distancing) went to see how London looked in lockdown. It was eerily quiet and I had no problem keeping my two meter distance on the rare occasions that I glimpsed others.


When I lead running tours (especially our sightseeing tours) I often have to wait for ages to get a picture for customers that isn't spoiled by other tourists, London buses or bikes. This is even a problem first thing in the morning, when you would expect it to be less busy. It felt really bizarre to take a trip to some of the places I visit regularly and effortlessly get snaps of these abandoned landmarks...


I can't recall a time in living memory that the streets of Central London have been so empty. Our lives have all been completely transformed by the outbreak of Covid 19, but I hope that these images give an alternative viewpoint on the impact that the virus has had on London.



Tower Bridge is usually grid-locked with traffic.


This shot would usually be impossible - there's always so much traffic on the roundabout

The Royal Exchange

St. Paul's Cathedral


The approach to St Paul's

Parliament Square

The South Bank


Paternoster Square, next to Cheapside.

Waterloo Bridge (aka the Ladies Bridge)


Please respect social distancing when you're out running.

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