We’re back!

Posted by Colin

We’re back! Man was January intense. A combination of book writing, wedding planning and telescope viewing evenings has meant that we haven’t been able to look after our litle blog very much so far in 2013. However, we enjoyed ourselves so much back in 2012 that we are keen to get back out there and start bringing you the best of London again.

Watch this space 🙂

Colin and Ruth

A photo of London from space

Posted by Colin

OK so not strictly something to do in London, but simply breathtaking nonetheless. As a planetarium presenter at the Royal Observatory Greenwich I show thousands of people this picture every year and it never ceases to captivate both me and them.

Taken by European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers, whilst orbiting the Earth at 17,500 mph on the International Space Station, it shows our capital as an almost living organism.

The unmissable M25 motorway provides the skin around the outside with London’s major thoroughfares acting as arteries, transporting vital supplies around to keep the city ticking.

You can’t fail to spot Heathrow Airport on the far left, a place to feed the metropolitan animal with new visitors. From the East, the brightness of the lights intensifies as you snake around the ‘Eastenders’ river bend to reach the gleaming heart of London.

Whilst as an astronomer the lights reduce my view of the stars, it’s sometimes hard to argue with them when they show off my home so spectacularly to the rest of the universe.

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St. Paul’s and Tower Bridge seen through a telescope from the Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Shard, The Moon and Jupiter

So it’s been a while…

Those of you who had started reading our little blog may have noticed a fairly extensive silence in these parts. Things got a little hectic and the fledgling blog got popped on the back burner. Whilst the eyes of the world were on our favourite city over the summer, we were busy putting the wheels in motion for our wedding after Colin popped the question over a sunset picnic in Sardinia in May.

Now things in London town are settling back to what passes for normality, we are starting up again, in no small part to reading Spitalfields Life – a book compiled of posts from the blog of the same name. Having been reminded of how amazing our capital city can be, we are back in business with no shortage of interesting pins to add to our map in the coming months.