Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Victoria's London vs. Elizabeth's London

This year is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee; Liz's that is, not Vicki's.

Queen Victoria had her Diamond Jubilee back in 1897 and London has changed quite a bit since then - or at least parts of it have.

But not all, as can be seen by the two photos above. Greenwich has survived mostly unchanged, though of course the river traffic is very different: faster but less elegant.

More in a new book called The Queen's London.

Picture from: The Telegraph here.


O Docker said...

Interesting story of how one building became two so that an earlier queen would have an unobstructed view of the Thames.

And when those buildings were built, I guess they never imagined just how prime that real estate would become.

JP said...

The view in the opposite direction is very different and has changed dramatically in the hundred and something years.

From largest port in the world to empty wasteland to financial centre docklands has seen real estate values plummet and then climb up to stratospheric values.