Slumming it at the Museum of London

Why is the brand new London Wall Bar and Grill created by Benugo for the Museum of London showing off this battered red table?  Like the new ‘food hall’ at the Barbican Centre, this seems to be a variation on battered 1960s schoolyard chic.  There is a touch of the Blitz about this.  Slightly bomb-damaged,Continue reading “Slumming it at the Museum of London”

Guarding London Wall

Moor House acts as a gateway to London Wall.  It is a building by Foster and Partners that is best appreciated from the top of another building.  At street level it is a little overwhelming and the astonishing curved wall and roof are difficult to see properly.  It was built in anticipation of Crossrail arrivingContinue reading “Guarding London Wall”

Golden Lane waits for the builders

Here is a great view of Golden Lane Estate with the swimming pool at its centre.  Work is due to start any minute on restoration.  There is some nervousness about this.  The plans involve making some significant changes. At present it is easy to walk around the site at two levels.  The lower level spaceContinue reading “Golden Lane waits for the builders”

Room with a view

This is a view of a building not yet complete but likely to have an interesting impact on the City.  It is the new headquarters building for Rothschild’s Bank.  Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the top of the building which is a boardroom for the bank is placed on stilts above the main office block.  TheContinue reading “Room with a view”

School days at the Barbican Centre

Work on the overhaul of the Barbican Centre was completed nearly two years ago.  The changes to the building were significant – a new bridge was installed to connect Silk Street and Riverside entrances; bold graphics were used to sign each of the floors and main venues; and the pointillist walls and carpets were replacedContinue reading “School days at the Barbican Centre”

In the deep end at Golden Lane

Work is due to start tomorrow on the restoration of Golden Lane Leisure Centre.  The Centre contains the only public swimming pool in the City.  The campaign to resist its closure led to 850 responses to the consultation which convinced the Corporation (which owns it) to invest £2.6 million on the restoration.  The changes haveContinue reading “In the deep end at Golden Lane”

Freezing outside the Lloyds Building

A freezing night but one of the most spectacular and exciting moments of the week.  Here is the Lloyds Building next to its recently-completed neighbour the Wills Building.  This is the centre of new building in the city.  Lloyds is now more than twenty-five years old and it overlooks the site of two new buildings:Continue reading “Freezing outside the Lloyds Building”