A Slice of London (trial walk with a Go Pro)

Google Street View is a fascinating resource enabling anyone to visit places that would ordinarily be difficult to get to due to distance, perceived danger, inaccessibility etc. Or, just for a bit of virtual sightseeing or voyeurism.

As part of my investigation into social mobility I decided to strap on a Go Pro and walk the 17km between my home somewhere in north-west London and university, somewhere in south-east London. Why I hear you scream? Well, the answer is all down to demographics, because to walk from my self-assigned point A to point B I would have to pass through areas with wildly differing socio – demographics; two examples for anyone familiar with London would be St John’s Wood, and Elephant and Castle. In addition, I would walk through a few of the city’s centres of power: Oxford and Regent Street (commercial centre), Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben (tourist centre) and the Houses of Parliament (political power).

In the course of my 17km walk the Go Pro took 1,238 photos, too many to show here, but thought I’d show a few.

St John's Wood: wealthy, private security, quiet, domestic help, private schools, high income.

St John’s Wood: wealthy, private security, quiet, domestic help, private schools, high income.

Elephant and Castle: multicultural, vibrant, colourful, noisy, state schools, low to middle income.

Elephant and Castle: multicultural, vibrant, colourful, noisy, state schools, low to middle income.

Centre of Power: Westminster

Centre of Power: Westminster

Centre of commercial power: Oxford and Regent Street

Centre of commercial power: Oxford and Regent Street

Centre of tourism: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Southbank etc

Centre of tourism: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Southbank etc

 

Route walked and photos taken on November 27th, 2014

More photos will be uploaded soon.

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