Visit the hidden gardens of Elephant and Castle

Are these trees in a corner of St James’ Park and is the boulevard at the heart of a well-established garden city? Both pictures were taken today in Elephant and Castle in the shadow of the Haygate Estate. Due to be developed after several false starts, the estate which is currently owned by Southwark CouncilContinue reading “Visit the hidden gardens of Elephant and Castle”

New building at Moorfields Eye Hospital shows how Daily Express owner spends profits

The Richard Desmond Children’s wing at Moorfields Eye Hospital is an interesting¬†illustration of what the owner of Express Newspapers and Asian Babes does with his money. This picture shows the decorative aluminium fins which change colour at night.  

Great video showing how the Leadenhall Building, the ‘cheesegrater’ will be constructed

Great video showing how the Leadenhall Building, known as the ‘cheesegrater’ will be constructed in the City of London. Work restarted on this building recently. This is a video from the newly-appointed construction company Laing O’Rourke. The site is directly opposite the Lloyds Building by the same architect Richard Rogers.

Discover St George slaying the dragon on the roof of One New Change

Hidden in the roof cavity of One New Change is this relief of St George slaying the dragon. Originally set in the red-brick wall of the previous building, the designer of the new building clearly felt obliged to make reference to its history but kept it pretty much under (double-glazed) wraps.

Walk around the liveable City of London this September

This year for London Open House on 18 September I will be leading two walks. Liveable City of London will look at the developments in the City of London’s landscapes which are significantly changing the look and feel of what was once a district devoted only to the needs of the financial institutions. The combinationContinue reading “Walk around the liveable City of London this September”