The Mayor’s view

Years of hard work do pay off, these days I am often invited to events held in what I can only describe as rather ‘fabulous’ places. My idea of a fabulous is a place that visually takes my breath away.
I know I wax lyrical about London and my love of this metropolis so whilst I believe I know it pretty well (which I do, of coruse :))  there are always new places, new buildings, new cafes and new views to explore.
So this week I was invited to a meeting at City Hall, 9th floor to be precise, the floor with the view!!

London had gone from winter to summer in the space of a day, it was a sizzling 25c, (which us Londoners really consider as summer) and the streets were positively pulsating, especially Thames side- who wouldn’t want to take a stroll along the river on a hot sunny eve?
Following some security questions and having had my bags checked I headed up to the 9th floor of City Hall. I’m quite sure that London’s Mayor Boris Johnson never tires of the view from this, his ‘office’, it is quite some view and certainly thrilled me.

The main problem was trying to concentrate on the meeting whilst wanting to hang-out on the balcony and London gaze.

Tower Bridge during golden hour:





The ever changing skyline of the City of London, this is one spectacular view:




The Tower of London still holds it’s own, surrounded by it’s modern ‘neighbours’:


The tallest ‘kid’ on the block, London’s The Shard towers over the South side of the Thames:








And finally, yours truly, loving the view ( and the sunshine):

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The wonders of Tooley St, London SE1

Tooley St in South London connects London Bridge to St. Saviour’s Dock, it’s as exciting as it is long and whichever way you choose to walk down, you’re in for a treat.
Today, was a perfect autumn day in London: unexpectedly warm and beautifully sunny. A work engagement took me down to London Bridge station and a right turn down Tooley St, SE1, the joy! first up, The London Dungeon- I don’t do scary but the entrance to this place is quite something
Next up, the Hayes Galleria and ‘More London’ building
#88 Tooley st is the historic pub ‘The Shipwrights Arms’
Tower Bridge rd was closed for traffic but open for ships! the result: no traffic down one side and an endless queue down the other
The City Hall looked quite spectacular from The Potters FieldsImage

The old Fire Brigade Station is now ‘Brigade’ bar and restaurant


 And finally, a glimpse backwards sums up this rd, the marriage of old and new- The old buildings and arches of  London Bridge station and London’s newest ( and tallest) landmark, The Shard