When a major event takes place in London, along comes the paraphernalia of ceremony to control and to broadcast.

Up go the crowd control barriers to line the streets and hold the adoring crowds at a respectful distance, and the loathing crowds at an even greater distance.

Barriers along Whitehall

Barriers on The Strand

Unloading the street barriers

Unloading the street barriers

Camera crews unable to borrow overlooking office spaces to lean out of need their platforms along the route.

TV crews preparing outside St Clement Danes

TV Crew platform at Westminster

TV personalities need a posh box to sit in and commentate on the proceedings.

Broadcast studio facing St Pauls

And a cluster of technology laden vans are hidden around corners to transmit digital bits and bytes to those participating vicariously from a distance.

Outdoor broadcast vans around the side of St Pauls

Inside an outside broadcast van

The police will be out in force to keep an eye on proceedings, and behind its stony façade, the Royal Courts of Justice will continue dolling out the law – just use the side entrance on Wednesday.

Justice will continue


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  1. Ian says:

    I work on the route, in a fairly prominent bulding near to Parliament Sq. Will probably be WAH-ing on Wednesday.

  2. Neil says:

    Where the hell do they keep those crash barriers, there’s thousands of them – and they’re not exactly neat stackers – they’re fairly bulky?

    • Catenary says:

      Where I am from (Ottawa, Canada) which has a similar occasional need for thousands of crowd control gates, I found the storage location the other day – Along the edge of a highway yard they wait neatly stacked on a small fleet of trailers, ready to be hooked up at a moment’s notice and hauled out to hold back the masses.

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