Sushi and security guards on the top floor of the Heron Tower

I occasionally get stopped by a security guard when photographing on someone’s property.  Today was a first as I got questioned whilst photographing this building from across the road.  Interestingly, one of the most unusual parts of the building is the photovoltaic solar energy panels on the side of the building shown here with aContinue reading “Sushi and security guards on the top floor of the Heron Tower”

The Poultry Market Smithfield

This is the Poultry Market.  A replacement for the 1860s building destroyed by fire, it is very difficult to see the thin concrete roof properly except from the top of a nearby building.  This view is from the side of the Smithfield Cold Store near to Snow Hill.  The market  has a beautiful interior withContinue reading “The Poultry Market Smithfield”

Discover the secrets of Smithfield

Discover what lurks behind the decaying facade of Smithfield.  The General Market and Fish Market at Smithfield have been closed for twenty years awaiting a decision on refurbishment.  However, walk around the area and you will find that the main gates are open again not as a place for selling apples but for the storageContinue reading “Discover the secrets of Smithfield”

How food built London: follow the drover’s route from the Royal Agricultural Hall to Smithfield

From the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington to Smithfield, walk the drover’s route to market. A new guided walk looks at the way in which food impacted on the design of London.  This walk, the first of three, looks at meat and water and follows the blood-smattered path from Upper Street, down St John’s Street acrossContinue reading “How food built London: follow the drover’s route from the Royal Agricultural Hall to Smithfield”

Getting exercised by the YMCA

The Barbican YMCA has one of the best fire escapes in the City.  This is at the rear of the building, easily viewed from the Barbican flats.  It’s a real pity that the current users of this building have so little interest in the design. The staircase is fabulous, the interior one, even more so.Continue reading “Getting exercised by the YMCA”