Last weekend I made the most of the sunshine with a leisurely bike ride from Deptford up to London Bridge and back. One of my favourite routes is going over Tower Bridge and back along the river on the north side, but with the contractors at the Greenwich foot tunnel still playing silly buggers it is not the best idea to cross the river at the moment.
So I followed the river up to London Bridge station and then cut south into the back streets of Bermondsey. This part of the city was once home to the capital's leather industry, which is easy to guess from street names such as Leathermarket Street and Tanner's Street, and from buildings such as the London Leather, Hide & Wool Exchange.
Near the leathermarket are interesting views of the city's new landmark, which I find quite attractive in its simplicity despite the fact that it is clearly nothing more than a soaring priapic shrine to capitalism ;-)
Seen next to Guy's Hospital tower, its true scale is apparent.
Meanwhile I spotted this fella hanging around in a big tree on Southwark Park Road, and wondered why he was up there.
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