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Derelict London is an unusual photographic portrait (of over 7000 pics by Paul Talling) of the nations capital
Welcome to the Derelict London website
This website has now been around for over 14 years. In that time my random wanderings around London have often been described as psychogeography and that little known penchant for walking around derelict buildings with a camera has been branded urban exploration (aka urbex). This site doesn't fit into any category or belong to any forum. There are no rules.
This is not a compilation of familiar tourist sights, as another of those is hardly needed, but a depiction of an (often un-picturesque) view of everyday life in London
The site is obviously not taken to illustrate London at its most beautiful or most successful, the name derelict London is a memorable name for a website though not everything within this site is of derelict areas and everyone has their own definition of derelict......99% of these pictures were taken by myself during many miles of walkabouts around the great capital. After years of travelling via car or public transport I realised just how little I had seen of London. (ie just stepping back and looking at buildings and people). I've enjoyed putting this site together and will continue to add more pics. Try not to be too critical because I'm no professional photographer. Neither is this some trendy art student project..............Any places you think should be on this site? Let me know. Also info (however trivial) or stories/personal memories on any of the buildings would be appreciated.
Apart from the odd tip off most of the locations on this site are on here because I randomly stumbled upon them when walking down the street.
Pics are frequently added to this site so please keep coming back! Also check out my other websites: www.londonslostrivers.com and www.derelicteurope.com. Feel free to befriend me on Facebook and "Like" the Derelict London Facebook Fanpage , "follow" the Instagram Page and @derelict_london on Twitter and maybe see you on one of my guided walking tours.
PAUL TALLING January 2017 - All Photographs on this website are Copyright!!
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‘I love walking in London,’ said Mrs. Dalloway, ‘Really, it’s better than walking in the country.’ Virginia Woolf, 1924
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"Although it has quainter pleasures, much of the appeal of Paul Talling's excellent little book Derelict London is in how it seems to trace the skeleton of a dead city while it is still in apparently rude health.In a city so devoted to making fast money, and busily fighting a one-way class war under the rubric of "regeneration", sweeping undesirables and their buildings away to the outskirts, it is almost comforting that relics and ruins still cling on to its landscape, throwing workaday time into a spin. As much as it is an inadvertent vision of how London might look after a catastrophe, Derelict London is valuable as a document of the one going on right in front of us." THE NEW STATESMAN