London Old and New
A beautiful day in London
It is lovely to discover beautiful details wherever your steps may take you.
Details of staircase at Citizen M Bankside Hotel
Blue Fin Building, Southwark – London
designed by Allies and Morrison Architects
Tate Modern Details
The less known face of Tate Modern, on the opposite side from the Riverside reveals beautiful details.
St. Paul’s Cathedral Views and details around the surrounding area
The Cathedral is one of the most iconic landmarks of London.
It is an Anglican Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London.
It has been designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed in Wren’s lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding program in the City after the Great Fire of London.
design by Heatherwick Studio.
The two pieces also known as ‘Angel’s Wings’ are air inlet vents for the electrical substation underneath the buildings adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral. The intriguing design blends art and function beautifully. Each vent is fabricated from 63 identical, 8mm thick, stainless steel isosceles triangles welded together and finished by glass bead blasting.
The City’s famous modern landmarks are situated steps away from each other: Lloyd’s Building, the ‘Cheese Grater’ and the ‘Gherkin’.
Lloyd’s Building was designed by the British architect Richard Rogers. The design places the staircases, lifts, and service conduits on the outside of the building. This was intended to give the rectangular interior of the building a less cluttered feel.
122 Leadenhall Street, also known as the Leadenhall Building, is a 225m tall skyscraper. It opened in July 2014 and was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. It is also known informally as ‘The Cheesegrater‘ due to it’s distinctive wedge shape.
The Gherkin is recognised as one of the more distinctive skyscrapers in the financial district of London. It is designed by Sir Norman Foster. The building uses energy-saving methods which allow it to use only half the power that a similar tower would typically consume.
The market dates from the 14th century and is said to derive its name from Leather-hall, though it’s disputable. It is typically open weekdays from 10 am until 6 pm, and primarily sells fresh food; among the vendors there are cheesemongers, butchers and florists Originally a meat, game and poultry market, it stands on what was the centre of Roman London. A number of commercial retailers are also located in the market.
The ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure, was designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones (who was also the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets).
The Shard is a 95-storey supertall skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London, that forms part of the Shard Quarter development. It is the tallest building in the UK.