Considering how much time I spend in London during the week, I actually get to see very little of it (the inside of the District Line doesn’t count). The area where I work is very green and quiet, and quite far away from the centre – to be honest it doesn’t really feel like being in London at all.
This means I only really get to see the City – where all the big business happens – from the train on my way in and out every day. Which is a shame, as that’s where all the interesting buildings are, like the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie. So when a couple of friends who work over that way suggested we take a photo walk on Wednesday evening, I jumped at the chance.
Naturally, Wednesday would turn out to be the hottest day of the year, with temperatures hitting 36 degrees in some areas, so we quickly settled on a plan B, to go up to the Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street) and drink Pimm’s.
Sadly, that didn’t work out either, because they were having a private event – so we decided to brave the sweltering streets and revert to plan A, take a few photos and then, when it all got too much, go and get tapas.
Our route: from the Walkie Talkie, we passed through Leadenhall Market (where bits of Harry Potter were filmed, apparently) then past Lloyd’s and up to the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe). From there we headed down past Fenchurch Street station to Clothworkers’ Hall, before stopping for a lovely dinner (which included sangria, naturally) at Camino in Mincing Lane. After dinner, we took a little detour to the beautiful St Dunstan in the East, which was closed – but we were still able to look in through the fence and take a few photos, before heading back to Tower Hill and home.
Anyway, here are a few of the resulting pics from the evening. Enjoy 🙂