London, after the apocalypse

Words cannot express the weirdness of this photo set.

Some of the places in it, I’ve never been. Others I’ve passed through — like Oxford Circus — but they’re not very familiar to me. But New Bridge Street? Fleet Street? I can point out the corner bookshop, tell you where the post office is, and how many blocks it is to Wasabi, where they have really cheap yakisoba. Which I traditionally eat on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral. I’ve gotten lunch in the crypt of this church, and walked through this underpass more times than I can count. This is the London I know — but not.

Words cannot express how bizarre it is to see those places utterly devoid of people. I’ve been there on a Sunday morning, when the City is mostly closed for business and so very few people are in sight, but “very few” and “none” are not the same thing. It’s as if the apocalypse happened, and this is London in the moments before nature begins to reclaim it.

I’d love to see similar photos of Boston, New York, other heavily populated areas — but I’m not sure you could ever catch them quite that deserted, even on a Christmas morning.

0 Responses to “London, after the apocalypse”

  1. ckd

    When we’ve stayed in London, it’s been in Fitzrovia near Goodge Street tube. We’d always walk down Tottenham Court Road/Charing Cross Road/Oxford Street; many of those pictures were of places I recognized immediately without the labels.

    There’s a reason we always visit family over Christmas if we’re in England. (Usually we catch the bus/train up to Coventry on the 24th and return to London on the 26th.) These photos make it clear why we do….

    • Marie Brennan

      If I weren’t so very fond of my Christmas Day traditions, I’d be sorely tempted to go for a wander around London. It would be awesomely surreal to experience it.

  2. leatherdykeuk

    They were fabulous – Gibson pointed out the link a few days ago. I love the silent, dead streets.

  3. gollumgollum

    I can’t look at those without hearing Cillian Murphy’s echoing voice calling “Halloooooooooooooo…”

  4. pathseeker42

    I’ll be in London tomorrow!

  5. sora_blue

    This reminds me of the Tokyo Nobody photobook. Shame kind of unsettling visuals.

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