Thursday, May 30, 2013

Views from Stave Hill

The views from the top of Rotherhithe's Stave Hill are always good. In the winter it is a lot easier to see the London Eye and Tower Bridge (you can just make them out at the far left and far right of the last of these photographs), but even with all the Spring foliage there are always buildings that stand out beyond the woodland - the new Strata Tower at Elephant and Castle (not shown in this set), 30 St Mary Axe (much better known as The Gherkin) and One Canada Square (Canary Wharf).  And now, The Shard is there on the panorama too.  The monstrosity to the immediate left of The Shard in the final photograph is, of course, Guy's Hospital, named for its founder Sir Thomas Guy (it was founded in 1721, so it can be considered some sort of success story, but one does wonder what Sir Thomas would make of it today!).

The building under construction near to the Gherkin in the first photograph is the new building at 122 Leadenhall by Richard Rogers, known locally as the Cheesegrater.  Although it wounds my soul to promote the Daily Mail, there's a rather good photo-story of the sky-scrapers popping up in the Gherkin/Cheesegrater area on the Mail Online website.

The Cheesegrater under construction and The Gherkin

The Shard

One Canada Square and the Isle of Dogs

One Canada Square

The Michael Rizzello sculpture at the
top of Stave Hill

The London Eye, far left, Guy's Hospital, The Shard and,
at far right, Tower Bridge

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