City of London Architecture Tour
Start: Blackfriars Tube
Finish: Blackfriars Tube
Length: 6.3 km / 3 miles
Weather: Fine, bright day
The City has changed a lot over the last 5-10 years. It's somewhere I'm not very familiar with and have been meaning to take a walk around for a while. With that in mind I devised a walk that would take me on a tour of old and new architecture.
After leaving Blackfriars Tube Station, make your way to St Pauls via Black Friars Lane, Ireland Yard, Playhouse Yard, Creed Lane.
Before turning into the new Paternoster Square take a look at The Worshipful Co. of Stationers & Newspaper Makers Hall off Ave Maria Lane.
New Change, mixed-use scheme of office accommodation and retail space by architect Jean Nouvel.
Blackwell House, Guildhall Yard.
The Walbrook. Designed by Foster + Partners in 2010.
The Worshipful Company of Innholders, College Street.
Watermark Place. Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects in 2010.
Riverbank House. Designed by David Walker Architects in 2010.
The Shard and Number One London Bridge can be seen on the other side of the Thames.
Blink and you will miss it – St. Michael's Cornhill. Follow an alleyway to the right of the church, which will take you through some twisting, Dickensian passageways, eventually bringing you to Fenchurch Street. Cross over into Leadenhall Market.
The covered market dates back to the fourteenth century. Originally a meat, game and poultry market, it stands on what was the centre of Roman London.
Turn Left at Lime Street and be prepared to contort and crane you neck to view the new buildings further down this street.
In 1986 the Queen opened the new Lloyds building, designed by architect Richard Rogers. The Willis Building is on the right, designed by Foster + Partners in 2008. A mere 28 storey building.
30 St Mary Axe, known as 'The Gherkin'. Designed by Foster + Partners, it won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2004. Do Fosters have a monopoly of architecture in the City or are they just extremely good at what they do?
Leadenhall Building (the cheese grater), not being built by Fosters but Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Heron Tower - yuk! Sorry KPF architects! This 46-storey building stretches 230m into the skyline.
20 Fenchurch Street aka the Walkie Talkie building. Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and costing over £200 million. During the summer of 2013 the sun's reflections off the building reportedly damaged vehicles parked nearby, leading the media to dub the building the "Walkie-Scorchie" and the "Fryscraper"!