This follows directly on from where my last ramblings left off.
This came highly recommended to us by friends, but you have to book your tickets in advance and you get a specific time slot to visit. However, on the plus side it is totally free. Unlike the Shard which was 30 quid to go up. I have to say, we loved it.
But first, the building its in. This is really cool too. Apparently, its called the walkie-talkie but that's pushing things a bit far. Just to show how much good taste I have, it has apparently won several awards for ugly buildings. Originally, it was meant to be much bigger but planners made them scale it back as they feared it would dominate. God knows what the original would have looked like as this is bloody massive.
It overhangs the street below in two directions which give a slightly odd effect close up.
However, the real star attraction here is not the building (great though it is) but the views from the top. As soon as you step out of the lift, you have this amazing framed view facing south and towards the Shard.
and then you head to the edge for a closer view. We started at the Shard and London Bridge station end and then looked west towards St. Paul's and Westminster. You are actually high enough to see the curvature of the earth. Whilst these views are really cool and really attract the crowds, the other ones are actually better.
The views east over the Tower and Tower Bridge are amazing. It's really weird to think that Tower has stood there for the best part of a millennium and yet no-one has seen this view apart from us in the last few years.
and then looking north over the city, which were, I think, my favourite views. It really felt as if you were in touching distance of the other buildings.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.