London’s defences

The Thames Barrier is an important structure for London, protecting the city from potentially devastating swells and tides. On its north side sits Thames Barrier Park, where the man-made and natural co-exist.

I spent a glorious few hours there in warm summer sunshine, enjoying the beautifully planted gardens and taking some photographs, noticing how the barrier can look like Jaws. For a west Londoner this is a distant corner of the city and felt very different, but was worth the journey.

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