Architecture

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 →

IMG 9643xfi 460x270 - Old tube station reveals itself!

Fifty years ago in February 1959, the last tube trains to served this particular station were withdrawn. The station itself eventually became hidden for good by huge advertising boards and the only proper reminder it ever existed was a footbridge that apparently went nowhere! Recently these advertising hoardings came downRead More →

DSC 0189fi 460x270 - The Television Centre in White City

The BBC TV Centre at White City was opened in 1960 which is now almost sixty years ago. It too is roughly that amount of time since the first time I ventured to White City on the Central Line. Actually I think it was about 1958 I first passed throughRead More →

vesselrisingfi 460x270 - New York's gigantic staircase

The Vessel is designed by Heatherwick Studios in London and the huge, Escher-like staircase is due to open in Spring 2019. Its essentially a huge public artwork which people can walk, climb, and enjoy the views from the top. People will be able to ascend it by any combination ofRead More →

IMG 8549fi 460x270 - The Tube's new Walbrook entrance finally opens!

The new entrance/exit off Walbrook has opened – and its three years late in the running, not that those delays was going to affect anyone immaterially because Bank tube station already has many entrances. This is a new addition – but what a difference it makes in terms of accessRead More →

archfi 460x270 - Euston's arch was demolished for a tube station!

Did you know the famous Euston Arch was in the way of the Underground? That new escalators and a ticket hall (to replace the old building and lifts on Melton Street and elsewhere belonging to the Northern Line) were needed? It turns out the demolition of the arch was necessaryRead More →

IMG 8138fi 460x270 - Let's talk about Twenty Two

London’s tall buildings are often a talking point and the Shard has held that place for quite a bit of time. Now its the turn of number 22 Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street station. Its a huge, huge building, and so we need to talk about this, the second tallest buildingRead More →