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a newer London building where the wearing of sunglasses is required if one intends to look at it head on. It won a much sought after award in 2014 against competition from across the country. Woolwich is famous for another reason and that is for McDonalds foray onto British soil. In 1974 Powis Street saw Britain's first McDonalds open.  I lived here over forty years ago but had moved to Norfolk in east Anglia before this landmark occasion occurred so missed out on the possibility of ballooning to twenty plus stone had I stayed and made a Big Mac, fries, strawberry milkshake and diet coke a regular daily meal. McDonalds and carbuncle awards aside this area in the burbs of London has always been in need of a little injection of tlc. It is now slowly in the process of regeneration thanks in part to its closeness to the river Thames where riverside, quayside and waterside apartments are springing up along the Thames path. There is a third thing that Woolwich is famous for and it's criminal that I forgot and I don't mean Belmarsh prison. Woolwich ferry has been ferrying passengers for free the short journey across the river since 1889. It is deserving of the top spot for putting Woolwich on the map

a building cup winner taking first place in the 2014 prestigious carbuncle Cup

This image is one of thirty three London photos selected for the month of JANUARY 2016

 photo by michael crossley (Peckham - Paris - New York)