After the Clarkenwell Walk, my wife and I headed into the City of London, there were a few little alleyways we wanted to go explore, and also wanted to get to Leadenhall Market area (when the market wasn’t there). I also wanted to get a picture of the “Cheese Grater and the Shard together”, just managed to get them both in the picture, but only if I used the Jensen Tilt (sorry, only a few people will get that one!).
We started off having lunch in a charming colourful Italian Restaurant. I asked the waiter if I could take a photo of the inside of the restaurant, and he said “Of Course….. £30!”, he did have a smile on his face, so I took the picture, and the person we had lunch with as we were leaving held the door open for someone else, and the Waiter was all, “You’re so nice” so I told him “That’s your £30!” He laughed and told me that I was cheap! The Italians are fun people.
The Dragon marks the start of the City of London.
Here’s the “Cheese Grater and The Shard”. Not from this angle, but from others it really does look like a cheese grater.
Leadenhall Market now… One of these is a four picture panoramic, as I couldn’t get the roof in the picture any other way.
We next went over to Bank. This station marks the Bank of England. Not in the picture below though, but it is in one of the others. This has the Mansion House (building with the pillars) in it, which is where the Lord Mayor of London lives.
Next up is the Bank of England. No windows on the ground level notice.
This one has the Bank of England, National Westminster Tower (Black and White tower in the background – was bombed by the IRA back in the 1980’s – I had a girlfriend back then who was working in the city in a bank when the bomb went off, she instinctively dived under the desk, just before all the windows blow in – she was lucky). There is also the Royal Exchange on the right, and the big glass building is the London Stock Exchange. All that in one picture…
In amongst all the office blocks, there was this house… Only thing is, when I looked it was a “Gentlemen’s club”.
Old and New buses. The Routemaster only runs on route 15 now, we had a chance to ride one today. They are the old style with the open back you can jump on.
Lastly St Paul’s Cathedral, from different angles. The panorama at the end, you can see the London Eye in the distance, was taken from on top of the One New Change building.