I am starting my photowalk out and about London with Imperial College, which is where I am studying at the moment. It is actually a walk in the truest sense of the word, since I live pretty close to the College.
Although the area of South Kensington probably deserves a separate post on its own, while walking to the campus I just can’t help window shopping for yummy things and taking random pictures!
It’s worth mentioning that the weather has been quite unstable in the past few weeks, and although it’s summer, it doesn’t quite feel like it. I think, only today the weather changed at least 15 times, with occasional sunny spells followed by lighter or heavier rains.
I was glad when I could catch some sunny spells, which at least made the pictures look less dull than they would otherwise. This little park here is called the Prince’s Gardens and it is right across the Imperial College Business School building.
There are also a couple of restaurants here with lovely terraces, overlooking the park. We have been to two of those for various Imperial events and once even had a barbecue on a terrace like this one.
The Business School building, in which I am studying, is, as far as I know, the newest one at the South Kensington campus and, quite honestly, I don’t see it as a masterpiece of architecture. This is the view from the first floor over the ground level lobby area.
The statue in the middle of the lobby area is actually one of Queen Victoria, which previously used to be in the Queen’s Tower, that I’m going to show a bit later.
I mentioned the Business School building not being the most beautiful one, in my view. The building that I do indeed find beautiful is the Royal School of Mines, which also happens to be the one of the oldest at the campus. By the way, funnily enough I already hold another degree from Imperial College, obtained 7 years ago, and I spent most of my time back then in this very building.
Not only is the building beautiful by itself, but it is also surrounded by other examples of nice architecture.
This is how the Royal School of Mines building looks inside. I definitely like it better than the more modern buildings, including the Business School!
From both the Royal School of Mines and the Business School you can exit to an inner yard, which provides access to a few other buildings, including the main walkway of the Sherfield building, corresponding to its Level 2.
There is also a staircase and a path to Level 1.
Level 1 is where the famous Queen’s Lawn and Queen’s Tower are located. The Queen’s Tower is the only remaining part of the Imperial Institute, which was not exactly the predecessor of Imperial College, but was located in the same place.
The spot at which I stood to take the picture above is actually the entrance to the Library building. Since the building has a café specialising in jacket potatoes, the whole building is filled with their amazing smell.
As I entered the Library building, these two gentlemen at the reception complimented my camera and asked to take their picture, which I happily did 🙂
This is a quiet study area on the first floor of the library, and it’s also where the Business School’s Career Services department is located. This place is usually packed with students reading and writing something amazingly scientific, but for some unknown reason it was completely empty today.
Adjacent to the Library building is the Sherfield building, which I’ve mentioned already. The building holds most of the administrative services, and also the Great Hall, common rooms, the Seminar and Learning Centre etc.This is the ground floor.
And this is the Level 2 main walkway, which I also mentioned above. Here is where the common rooms, the bank, a few shops and food places are located.
The entrance to the ACE Extension (ACEX) building, where we’ve had several of our classes, is here as well. The very first sight as you enter the ACEX is this super-impressive ABB Control Room for the Carbon Capture Pilot Plant.
The lifts in this building have those interesting warning signs, which you wouldn’t see in many places beyond Imperial.
And finally, this is my favourite food place on the main walkway, which is a salad bar serving delicious and healthy food. It is also my last stop for today, although obviously the South Kensington campus is much, much bigger than what I’ve shown you, with a few other large buildings (Electrical Engineering building, Mechanical Engineering building, Sir Alexander Fleming building, etc., etc.)