Photographers have the best job. They get to discover all those amazing hidden places some of us can only dream of seeing inside, let alone know about – just because it's
what they do for a living. I imagine if you're quite a nosey person, being a photographer is your perfect career move. Anyway... I'm digressing. Take Battersea Power Station for example. Despite growing up in London and living there for 26 years, I never once went inside that amazing once-abandoned 1930s icon. No one does! Except, as I've found out, London born-and-bread photographer, Peter Dazeley. Turns out he couldn't take the thought of it ever being torn down or changing without being documented, he got himself a backstage pass, put on his hard hat and ventured in – even getting the people to turn the beautiful Art Deco lights on for him, apparently.
|Inside Control Room A at Battersea Power Station.|
|Control Room B, built after Control Room B is filled with stainless steel consoles and pedestals and more utilitarian in style.|
|Inside HMS Belfast at the Imperial War Museum.|
|The Gate Cinema, Notting Hill.|
|In the sound effects drama studio at the BBC, is where old phones, doors and a range of household objects are as commonplace as digital instruments!|
|The Great Hall at the Royal Hospital Chelsea designed by Christopher Wren. This is the hospital's biggest room, used today as a communal dining room for the Chelsea Pensioners - retired British army soldiers who live at the hospital.|
|This beautiful Victorian theatre inside Alexandra Palace is being restored, having been closed to the public for 65 years!|
|Dead Man's Walk lies underneath The Old Bailey. It's a route those sentenced to death would take from Newgate Prison to the courthouse gallows.|
|Big Ben, of course!|
|The main pump room inside the magnificent Victorian Crossness Pump Station in South-east London. It's a Romanesque industrial structure, built as part of a plan to clean up the Thames.|
You can buy Peter Dazeley's Unseen London, here.