The Thames has seen a lot. The river as it winds it’s way up to the heart of London is narrow and unremarkable. The government projects (council housing estates) which line the shore around Deptford and Bermondsey have been greedily developed in places where the view is particularly good. Estates like the Pepys Estate (after the famous diarist Samuel Pepys who resided in this part of London for a time) used to have an ominous reputation back in the 90s. They were used for TV crime thriller chase scenes but generally best avoided in those days. Now one of its towers is a fashionable Thameside residence for the wealthy. The bricklined old docks further down towards Greenwich rest, retired and resigned watching the old river drift by.

Watercolour on paper