Will a green wall and a coffee grinding machine mix?

A brand new coffee shop in Clerkenwell Road, St Ali, has a green wall, unusually, inside the building. There is a small roof light but otherwise this highly ambitious wall is dependent on artificial illumination. The huge coffee grinding machine has not yet started grinding but when it does, it will offer an interesting combinationContinue reading “Will a green wall and a coffee grinding machine mix?”

A view from the bridge – and the balcony of the newly-restored St Pancras Hotel

Behind the scenes at the recently-opened St Pancras Hotel.  These pictures are taken from the internal bridge running through the hotel and from the small balcony above the entrance to the grand staircase and what is now the main restaurant. The internal bridge runs across the two arches at the front of the hotel.  TheContinue reading “A view from the bridge – and the balcony of the newly-restored St Pancras Hotel”

The best balconies in central London?

Great balconies outside the TUC’s Congress House. As I was taking this picture this morning I was stopped by a passer by who was delighted that someone was interested in a building whose qualities he felt, were generally overlooked.  He then told me that he was a Unison member and we discussed the amazing upstairsContinue reading “The best balconies in central London?”

Head to head with Rothschilds Bank and the home of the Samaritans

The original home of the Samaritans, St Stephen’s Walbrook, is now face to face with the City’s newest completed building, New Court, headquarters for Rothschilds Bank. The bank building is designed by Rem Koolhaas and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture.  The top two floors are set apart from the rest of the building in anContinue reading “Head to head with Rothschilds Bank and the home of the Samaritans”

How do you turn Golden Lane Estate and the City of London into a transition town?

This week I discovered that carbon emissions in the City of London are considerably lower than those in the suburbs.  This makes sense; the ring of steel combined with the congestion charge has removed most unnecessary traffic from the City; public transport in the City is excellent and it makes little sense to own aContinue reading “How do you turn Golden Lane Estate and the City of London into a transition town?”