I would consider myself somewhat of a shutterbug. During my endless mindless wanders I take pictures of things without really thinking about where I’m going to use them in the future. The City of London has been my latest ‘victim’ in this regard as its imposing architecture and rich history ensured the lens caps stayed firmly in my pocket.
The City of London is widely referred to simply as the City. Often written as just City and is also colloquially known as the Square Mile, as it is 1.12 sq mi in area. Packed into this small area are a number of historic institutions such as the London Stock Exchange, Lloyd’s of London and the Bank of England.
You’ll be surprised to find a number of parks and open spaces such as the Finsbury Circus or Jubilee Garden tucked in between the grandiose structures. There is also a lovely intersection of old and new with the Lloyd’s building becoming a personal favourite of mine.
The Lloyds building is a perfect example of Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and lifts, are located on the exterior to maximise space in the interior. The whole structure feels like a living organism and it almost feels like a waste that it’s main purpose is housing an archaic financial institution.
Never one to turn down a few street style shots here are a few I grabbed on my mini adventure. I’m off to Paris and Amsterdam in the next few weeks so this long forgotten passion of mine will be undergoing a much needed revival.
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