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London (and Kelvedon Hatch) in February 2007

Although I live in Leeds, the nature of the UK is such that I often have to visit London for various work meetings and get togethers with friends. I typically don't have a lot of time for sight-seeing, but sometimes manage to fit some in. The photos in this gallery were taken on the weekend of February 24-25th 2007, although the majority of photos were taken at the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker in Brentwood, Essex (reachable by tube and bus from central London).

In addition to Kelvedon Hatch (a former nuclear bunker to be used by the British command in the event of nuclear war), I managed to find the time to visit the Tate Modern art gallery, the Science museum, the Foundry (a now closed-down art pub in Shoreditch), and (very briefly) the Natural History museum.

Westminster Palace at night, in central London
Westminster Palace at night, in central London
The Blue Fin Venue in Southwark, London.
The Blue Fin Venue in Southwark, London.
A dinosaur in the London Natural History museum
A dinosaur in the London Natural History museum
A close-up view of the London Eye, taken from Westminster
A close-up view of the London Eye, taken from Westminster
My friend Marios wearing a jester's outfit in the Tate Modern, London.
My friend Marios wearing a jester's outfit in the Tate Modern, London.
The Bankside Lofts, in Southwark, London.
The Bankside Lofts, in Southwark, London.
A sign to the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, in Brentwood.
A sign to the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, in Brentwood.
A group of us walking to the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker.
A group of us walking to the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker.
Countryside around the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker in Brentwood
Countryside around the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker in Brentwood
The radio mast above Kelvedon Hatch bunker, amidst the countryside
The radio mast above Kelvedon Hatch bunker, amidst the countryside
A paintball course, next to the Kelvedon Hatch bunker
A paintball course, next to the Kelvedon Hatch bunker
We had a picnic near the Kelvedon Hatch bunker
We had a picnic near the Kelvedon Hatch bunker
An old police / army truck at Kelvedon Hatch
An old police / army truck at Kelvedon Hatch
A drone, used as target practice for Rapier missiles. At Kelvedon Hatch.
A drone, used as target practice for Rapier missiles. At Kelvedon Hatch.
A blurry photo of some of the red audio guides at Kelvedon Hatch.
A blurry photo of some of the red audio guides at Kelvedon Hatch.
Holly leaving Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker in Brentwood.
Holly leaving Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker in Brentwood.
A close-up of some plants outside Kelvedon Hatch
A close-up of some plants outside Kelvedon Hatch
Some people with guns (paint ball?) outside Kelvedon Hatch
Some people with guns (paint ball?) outside Kelvedon Hatch
A wall and corridor inside the Kelvedon Hatch bunker
A wall and corridor inside the Kelvedon Hatch bunker
A bag containing some random equipment in the Nuclear Bunker
A bag containing some random equipment in the Nuclear Bunker
Icom communications equipment inside Kelvedon Hatch
Icom communications equipment inside Kelvedon Hatch
The Communications Room inside Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker
The Communications Room inside Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker
The skeleton of someone who didn't pay. In Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker.
The skeleton of someone who didn't pay. In Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker.
A close-up of some dials and lights of power equipment in Kelvedon Hatch
A close-up of some dials and lights of power equipment in Kelvedon Hatch
Two yellow alarm boxes in Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
Two yellow alarm boxes in Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
The communications station inside Kelvedon Hatch bunker
The communications station inside Kelvedon Hatch bunker
The Kelvedon Hatch communications station in more detail
The Kelvedon Hatch communications station in more detail
Bundles of wires inside equipment in Kelvedon Hatch
Bundles of wires inside equipment in Kelvedon Hatch
A bank of heatsinks inside Kelvedon Hatch bunker
A bank of heatsinks inside Kelvedon Hatch bunker
A colourful keyboard on a post office teletype machine. Kelvedon Hatch.
A colourful keyboard on a post office teletype machine. Kelvedon Hatch.
A bank of communications machines at Kelvedon Hatch.
A bank of communications machines at Kelvedon Hatch.
A top-down view of the Post Office teletype machine at Kelvedon Hatch.
A top-down view of the Post Office teletype machine at Kelvedon Hatch.
Another old communications machine at Kelvedon Hatch
Another old communications machine at Kelvedon Hatch
Some kind of radio equipment at Kelvedon Hatch
Some kind of radio equipment at Kelvedon Hatch
The "On Air" light at Kelvedon Hatch nuclear bunker
The "On Air" light at Kelvedon Hatch nuclear bunker
Boxes for "Confirm'd" and "Dead" at Kelvedon Hatch
Boxes for "Confirm'd" and "Dead" at Kelvedon Hatch
Close-up of a red torch/light at Kelvedon Hatch
Close-up of a red torch/light at Kelvedon Hatch
Life-support systems at Kelvedon Hatch bunker
Life-support systems at Kelvedon Hatch bunker
Close-up of a black valve at Kelvedon Hatch
Close-up of a black valve at Kelvedon Hatch
A mannequin, phone, map, and keyboard. At Kelvedon Hatch.
A mannequin, phone, map, and keyboard. At Kelvedon Hatch.
The Prime Minister's room at Kelvedon Hatch bunker.
The Prime Minister's room at Kelvedon Hatch bunker.
An Apple II computer at Kelvedon Hatch
An Apple II computer at Kelvedon Hatch
A gas mask at Kelvedon Hatch bunker
A gas mask at Kelvedon Hatch bunker
My friend Jodi modelling some kind of gas mask at Kelvedon Hatch
My friend Jodi modelling some kind of gas mask at Kelvedon Hatch
Mannequins working in an office in Kelvedon Hatch
Mannequins working in an office in Kelvedon Hatch
A small model of a village in an operations room at Kelvedon Hatch
A small model of a village in an operations room at Kelvedon Hatch
A black gas mask at Kelvedon Hatch, modelled by Tim
A black gas mask at Kelvedon Hatch, modelled by Tim
The sleeping quarters at Kelvedon Hatch
The sleeping quarters at Kelvedon Hatch
Leaving Kelvedon Hatch, in Brentwood
Leaving Kelvedon Hatch, in Brentwood
Friends travelling on the London Underground (Tube)
Friends travelling on the London Underground (Tube)
Alex looking bemused in the Foundry (an art pub now closed) in Shoreditch
Alex looking bemused in the Foundry (an art pub now closed) in Shoreditch
More people socialising at the Foundry in Shoreditch
More people socialising at the Foundry in Shoreditch
Marios sleeping at our friend's house in Elephant and Castle, London
Marios sleeping at our friend's house in Elephant and Castle, London
Purple lighting in the Science Museum, London
Purple lighting in the Science Museum, London
A vertical column of cars at the Science Museum, London
A vertical column of cars at the Science Museum, London
A boat called "Miss England" at the Science Museum in London
A boat called "Miss England" at the Science Museum in London
The DeHavilland Gipsy Moth used by Amy Johnson to fly to Australia
The DeHavilland Gipsy Moth used by Amy Johnson to fly to Australia
Aeroplane components in the London Science Museum
Aeroplane components in the London Science Museum
Colours and whirls in the London Science Museum
Colours and whirls in the London Science Museum
A close-up of the colourful artwork at the Science Museum
A close-up of the colourful artwork at the Science Museum
A disorienting view of some artwork at the Science Museum in Kensington
A disorienting view of some artwork at the Science Museum in Kensington
Two stuffed Dodo birds in the Natural History Museum, London
Two stuffed Dodo birds in the Natural History Museum, London
An astronaut in front of a star chart. London Science Museum
An astronaut in front of a star chart. London Science Museum
Westminster Palace lit up at night, in London
Westminster Palace lit up at night, in London
A close-up of the clock in Westminster Palace (aka Big Ben) at night
A close-up of the clock in Westminster Palace (aka Big Ben) at night
The Elizabeth Tower (aka Big Ben) at night, in London
The Elizabeth Tower (aka Big Ben) at night, in London
A statue of Winston Churchill outside Westminster Palace, at night
A statue of Winston Churchill outside Westminster Palace, at night
The London Eye at night, taken from Westminster
The London Eye at night, taken from Westminster
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