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”

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”

Automotive delights revealed beneath Westway

Minutes from Paddington Station and sandwiched between the Westway flyover, the Regent’s Canal and the railway line into the station is this wonderful building.  It is outside of what was once a depot for a bus company, then turned into headquarters for the Monsoon fashion organisation and now offices for Nissan Cars.  It may wellContinue reading “Automotive delights revealed beneath Westway”

Illegal photography opposite Southwark tube station

Here is an illegal photograph.  I was on  a guided walk yesterday looking at new buildings near South Bank.  This is Palestra Building, home to Design for London, Transport for London and London Energy advice service, all not very secretive organisations funded by the tax payer when we were accosted by a security guard whoContinue reading “Illegal photography opposite Southwark tube station”

A poor photo and a perfect photo opportunity

This is a poor picture but a brilliant view.  Taken from Fenchurch Street, on the left is the recently-completed Willis Building.  The most popular view of this block is looking into the three curves that face the Lloyds Building. From this point of view, the convex external wall is visible and one of the roofContinue reading “A poor photo and a perfect photo opportunity”