The Pride of London is the second instalment in the Jaspa’s Journey collection of travel adventure novels for Kids 8-80. This time around, my friends and I embark on a whirlwind tour of London, attempting to solve the riddles of The Path in order to help our new friend Ernest, a Ratses, become a member of the clandestine Ses society known simply as The Pride.
To celebrate The Pride of London’s release, I thought it would be fun to do some posts that feature some of the places mentioned in the book.
Central London, with The Shard in the middle distance towards the left
I’m going to begin with a two-part piece about one of London’s major sites, The Shard. Ironically, The Shard gets only a brief mention in The Pride of London, since at the time the book was written, construction on building had only just begun. Just a few years later, The Shard has become one of the British capital’s most recognisable landmarks.
The River Thames and The Shard
Standing 1016 feet tall, The Shard is a towering skyscraper of glass that dwarfs the rest of London. Looking down on the roofs of London from The View From The Shard (the observation galleries that take up the 68th to 72nd storeys) is hard to beat, even from the air.
At the top of The Shard!
Looking west along the Thames
The Shard’s early morning shadow falls northwest across Central London
The West End, with the BT Tower on the right and Wembley Stadium in the distance
Looking east towards Canary Wharf – The pointy building is One Canada Square, the UK’s tallest building before The Shard was constructed
Greenwich (looking east)
Central London, with St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral was the tallest building in London until 1939 (when it was topped by the chimneys of Battersea Power Station)
Battersea Power Station (to the west)
HMS Belfast, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, with the East End beyond
The Tower of London
Traitor’s Gate, the Tower of London
The White Tower, the Tower of London
Tower Bridge and City Hall (bottom right)
Tower Bridge’s south tower
The City of London – The ‘Walkie Talkie’ (20 Fenchurch Street: foreground left) has also joined the London Skyline since The Pride of London was written
The Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe)
The Monument – Where both the Great Fire of London and my adventures in London began
The Millennium Bridge
Charing Cross station
Building trapped between the tracks outside London Bridge station
The rather plain looking London Bridge
The London Eye
The Houses of Parliament
If you look very carefully, you can see Nelson’s Column in the centre of the photo
Royal Courts of Justice (the Law Courts)
Even the biggest sights of London, many of which feature in The Pride of London, seem tiny from way up there. In fact, you can see the whole area in which my adventures take place, like a living version of the map at the start of the book.
This post was inspired by the photo themes of Roofs from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Ascending from Paula of Lost in Translation, and Tiny from Cheri of The Daily Post.
Feeling even more tiny than normal, looking down on the roofs of London
The first two Jaspa’s Journey adventures, The Great Migration and The Pride of London, are now available in both paperback and ebook formats! Click here for more information. The third instalment, Jaspa’s Waterloo, is scheduled to be released by Speaking Volumes early next year.
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