Sunday, 10 June 2007

YesBut nothing remains the same.

In my 11th May blog Tag that” I made reference to how the City of London skyline is changing so quickly. As I looked out of my window I could see 29 tower cranes, busy demolishing and replacing buildings built in the 1960s.

The two photographs were taken nine months apart, on the 12th August 2006 and 12th May 2007. Can you spot the difference - apart from it being sunnier in May? (Click on the photographs to have an enlarged view).

Fortunately Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral remains in place, as does Tower 42 (formerly known as the NatWest Tower) the tallest building in the City of London, and the Swiss Re Centre (known affectionately as “The Gherkin”. And Blackfriars Bridge still spans the Thames. So what has changed?

Let me give you some close-up views.

At least two buildings have been demolished and a new one under construction. And a lot more tower cranes!!

Fortunately, even in a dynamic bustling city there are still peaceful locations to be found. Click here to see such a place in London.


Helena said...

Hey, what was that little red brick one that went???

I always call the gherkin an aubergine, btw.

YesBut said...

Hi Helena
I think it was a block of offices on Cheapside, just east of St Paul’s Cathedral, ( a 1990 edition of A-Z says it’s “Bank of England Offices”. The Bank of England itself is further east).

b.t told me you called it the aubergine. By the way where is he these days?