Architecture

IMG 3704fi 460x270 - London's JFK statue - update

I wrote about the vandalisation of London’s one and only memorial to the former US President John F Kennedy. The shocking act was barely reported in the media, and not one important blog mentioned it either – very unheard of. That is why I wrote a piece on the matter.Read More →

IMG 6028fi 460x270 - Hammersmith bridge's in such a state!

The oldest most upstream road bridge on the fully tidal section of the Thames suddenly closed a few days ago much to the anger of many. It however provided an opportunity for me to go and investigate exactly what ailed the bridge, especially as I have taken a number ofRead More →

tulipfi 460x270 - A nip in the bud?

The controversial 305m Tulip Tower was approved by by the City of London Planning and Transportation Committee held in London’s Guildhall yesterday – with 18 votes for and 7 against. The next stage is to see whether The Mayor approves it too. He has approved some rather objectionable buildings soRead More →

toureiffel130fi 460x270 - La Tour Eiffel 130 Ans

The 130th Anniversary of the Eiffel Tower! The title’s in French to differentiate it from the main post I have done for this anniversary. This one is just a collection of tweets and news on the anniversary weekend. I’ll probably hit the delete button in a few days time –Read More →

eiffel130fi 460x270 - The Eiffel Tower's 130th anniversary!

This weekend its the Eiffel Tower’s 130th anniversary! On that day in history (Sunday 31st) 130 years ago the Eiffel Tower was opened for the first time with Eiffel himself leading politicians and Government officials to the top, a walk taking over an hour. The occasion marked the completion ofRead More →

thevesselfi 460x270 - The Vessel opens - and that elevator!

I have been watching the 154 foot high Vessel’s recent progress with interest and have been curious as to how the ADA compliant elevator sited on the south side of Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial gigantic artwork/sculpture worked. In a previous post I put forward some observations on its possible operation andRead More →

IMG 0171fi 460x270 - Up on the rooftops - again

Yep! Three times in a week. It’s not as much as some others who have been doing the same as I have. This is the task of chasing the proverbial magical ark of photographs on the rooftop of 120 Fenchurch Street. More people are finding it a place where seriousRead More →

IMG 9936fi 460x270 - City Spires & Towers #9

In the previous City Spires & Towers post seven months ago, we had a look around Aldgate, Bishopsgate and the Undershaft. Once again we are in that area and this time its all about a new building that has just opened to the public. Yes its 120 Fenchurch Street andRead More →

DSC 4633xfi 460x270 - 120 Fenchurch Street

This is London’s newest vantage point! Its been open on an ad hoc basis since the summer of 2018 to local workers and organisations, and the original plans were for it to open in the late summer of 2018. Things got a bit delayed and Valentine’s Day 2019 was theRead More →

DSC 0928xxfi 460x270 - Regent Street Disease

Zombies Dawn of the Dead. Horrific crowds of probably quite dead people. Bloodied, tattered, dazed, wandering about up and down London’s Regent Street as some mysterious disease suddenly afflicts everybody? No its not that sort of horror neither is it an affliction that affects pigeons or other animals. Regent StreetRead More →