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St Paul's Cathedral
Made by vgm8383
View On Black An HDR photo of the Great West Door at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England. St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral on Ludgate Hill, in the City of London, and the seat of the Bishop of London. The present building dates from the 17th century, and is generally reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral, although the number is higher if every major mediæval reconstruction is counted as a new cathedral. The cathedral is one of London's most visited sites. The cathedral sits on the edge of London's oldest region, the City. The City originated as a Roman trading post along the edge of the River Thames. The cathedral is built of Portland stone in a late Renaissance style that is England's sober Baroque. Its impressive dome was inspired by St Peter's Basilica in Rome. It rises 365 feet (108 m) to the cross at its summit, making it a famous London landmark. Wren achieved a pleasing appearance by building three domes: the tall outer dome is non-structural but impressive to view, the lower inner dome provides an artistically balanced interior, and between the two is a structural cone that supports the apex structure and the outer dome. Wren was said to have been hauled up to the rafters in a basket during the building of its later stages to inspect progress. The nave has three small chapels in the two adjoining aisles – All Souls and St Dunstan's in the north aisle and the Chapel of the Order of St Michael and St George in the south aisle. The main space of the cathedral is centred under the Dome; it rises 108.4 metres from the cathedral floor and holds three circular galleries – the internal Whispering Gallery, the external Stone Gallery, and the external Golden Gallery. The Whispering Gallery runs around the interior of the Dome and is 99 feet (30.2 m) above the cathedral floor. It is reached by 259 steps from ground level. It gets its name because a whisper against its wall at any point is audible to a listener with their ear held to the wall at any other point around the gallery. This works only for whispered speech - normal voiced speech is not focused in this way. The base of the inner dome is 173 feet (53.4 m) above the floor. The top of the inner dome is about 65 m above the floor, making this the height of the enclosed space. The cathedral is some 574 feet (175 m) in length (including the portico of the Great West Door), of which 223 feet (68 m) is the nave and 167 feet (51 m) is the choir. The width of the nave is 121 feet (37 m) and across the transepts is 246 feet (75 m). The cathedral is thus slightly shorter but somewhat wider than Old St Paul's. The quire extends to the east of the dome and holds the stalls for the clergy and the choir and the organ. To the north and south of the dome are the transepts of the North Choir and the South Choir. Details of the towers at the west end and their dark voids are boldly scaled, in order to read well from the street below and from a distance, for the towers have always stood out in the urban skyline. They are composed of two complementary elements, a central cylinder rising through the tiers in a series of stacked drums, and paired Corinthian columns at the corners, with buttresses above them, which serve to unify the drum shape with the square block plinth containing the clock. The main entablature breaks forward over the paired columns to express both elements, tying them together in a single horizontal band. The cap, like a bell-shaped miniature dome, supports a gilded finial, a pinecone supported on four scrolling angled brackets, the topmost expression of the consistent theme. The north-west tower contains 13 bells and the south-west contains four, including Great Paul, cast in 1881, and Great Tom (the hour bell), recast twice, after being moved from the old Palace of Westminster. This cathedral has survived despite being targeted during the Blitz - it was struck by bombs on 10 October 1940 and 17 April 1941. On 12 September 1940 a time-delayed bomb that had struck the cathedral was successfully defused and removed by a Bomb Disposal detachment of Royal Engineers under the command of Temporary Lieutenant Robert Davies. Had this bomb detonated, it would have totally destroyed the Cathedral, as it left a 100-foot (30 m) crater when it was later remotely detonated in a secure location. As a result of this action, Davies was awarded the George Cross, along with Sapper George Cameron Wylie.. On 29 December 1940 the cathedral had another close call when an incendiary bomb became lodged in the lead shell of the dome but fell outwards onto the Stone Gallery and was put out before it had the chance to ignite the dome timbers. Courtesy of Wikipedia
Leadenhall Market London
Made by vulture labs
Leadenhall Market is a covered market in the City of London, located at Gracechurch Street but with vehicular access also available via Whittington Avenue to the north and Lime Street to the south and east and additional pedestrian access via a number of narrow passageways. The market dates back to the 14th century. It is open weekdays from 7am until late, and primarily sells fresh food; among the vendors there are cheesemongers, butchers and florists. Originally a meat, game and poultry market, it stands on what was the centre of Roman London. A number of commercial retailers are also located in the market, including clothes shops and a pen shop. The ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure, designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones (who was also the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets), make the market a tourist attraction. It was used to represent the area of London near The Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and is featured in the films The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Hereafter and Love Aaj Kal. It is also popular among local City workers. The main entrance to the market is on Gracechurch Street. The double height entrance is flanked by tall, narrow gabled red brick and Portland stone blocks in a C17 Dutch style. The adjacent buildings to the south have a continuous retail frontage which is punctuated by narrow entrances to pedestrian ways into the market. From 1990 to 1991 the market received a dramatic redecoration which transformed its appearance, enhancing its architectural character and detail. The redecoration scheme received a special mention in the Civic Trust Awards 1994. The market is a Grade II* Listed Building, being listed in 1972. In 1991 pop group Erasure used the market to film the video for their hit single Love to Hate You. Every year, the market is decorated with Christmas lights and a large Christmas tree is erected at the north entrance.
Uomo del mio tempo / Man of my time
Made by AndreaPucci
Regno Unito, Londra, Bank Underground Station, Estate 2011 La metropolitana di Londra è un sistema di trasporto rapido su rotaia che collega gran parte della Greater London ed alcune parti del Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire ed Essex in Inghilterra. E' la più antica metropolitana del mondo, la prima parte della quale è stata inaugurata nel lontano 1863. Nel 1890 divenne la prima ad operare con treni elettrici. L'intera rete viene comunemente definita dai londinesi come “Tube”. La metropolitana conta 270 stazioni e si estende per 402 chilometri, e rappresenta così la seconda più grande metropolitana al mondo in termini di estensione, dopo la metropolitana di Shanghai. Nel 2007, è stata utilizzata da oltre un miliardo di passeggeri, diventando così la terza metropolitana più trafficata in Europa, dopo Mosca e Parigi. Il “tubo” è un'icona internazionale per Londra, con la sua mappa è considerato un classico del design ed ha influenzato molte altre mappe di trasporti pubblici in tutto il mondo. The London Underground is a rapid transit system serving a large part of Greater London and some parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex in England. It is the oldest underground railway in the world, the first section of which opened in 1863. In 1890 it became the first to operate electric trains. The whole network is commonly referred to by Londoners and in official publicity as the Tube. The Underground serves 270 stations and has 402 kilometres of track, making it the second largest metro system in the world in terms of route miles, after the Shanghai Metro. In 2007, more than one billion passenger journeys were recorded, making it the third busiest metro system in Europe, after Moscow and Paris. The tube is an international icon for London, with the tube map, considered a design classic, having influenced many other transport maps worldwide.
I had to do it too.. :))) - 2
Made by Katarina 2353
Location on which this beautiful was built is confining, and the view on it is mostly blocked. I believe it’s impossible to take the complete, quality shot of it, and avoid other buildings that surround it. I did all I could, and saw fit, to highlight fascinating uniqueness of this building.. I just had to do it :)) 30 St Mary Axe, also known as the Gherkin, The Egg and the Swiss Re Building, is a skyscraper in London's main financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened at the end of May 2004. With 40 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall. After the plans to build the Millennium Tower were dropped, the current building was designed by Norman Foster, his then business partner Ken Shuttleworth and Arup engineers, and was erected by Skanska in 2001–2003. The building is on the former site of the Baltic Exchange building, the headquarters of a global marketplace for ship sales and shipping information. In 1996 Trafalgar House submitted plans for the Millennium Tower, a 386 metres (1,266 ft) building with more than 140,000 m2 (1,500,000 sq ft) office space, apartments, shops, restaurants and gardens. This plan was dropped after objections for being totally out-of-scale with the City of London and anticipated disruption to flight paths for both City and Heathrow airports; the revised plan for a lower tower was accepted. The gherkin name dates back to at least 1999, referring to that plan's highly unorthodox layout and appearance. Due to the current building's somewhat phallic appearance, other inventive names have also been used for the building, including the Erotic gherkin, the Towering Innuendo, and the Crystal Phallus (also a pun on Crystal Palace). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_St_Mary_Axe
Escalators above the atrium in Lloyd's Building, London
Made by charlietyack
We visited Lloyd's Building this weekend as it was open house day in London. It's a really interesting design. All the insides are on the outside. Featured in Explore September 18th, 2006. According to Wikipedia: The Lloyd's building is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London, located in Lime Street in the City of London. It was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built over eight years from 1978 to 1986. Like the Pompidou Centre (designed by Renzo Piano and Rogers), the building was innovative in having its services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving a clean uncluttered space inside. The 12 glass lifts were the first of their kind in the UK. The building consists of 3 main towers and 3 service towers around a central, rectangular space. Its focal point is the gigantic Underwriting Room on the ground floor, which houses the famous Lutine Bell. The Underwriting Room (often simply known as 'the Room') is overlooked by galleries, forming a 60-metre (200-foot)-high atrium lit naturally through a huge barrel-vaulted glass roof. The first four galleries open onto the atrium space, and are connected by escalators through the middle of the structure. (The higher floors are glassed-in, and can only be reached via the outside lifts.) The 11th floor houses the Committee Room, an 18th century dining-room originally designed for the 2nd Earl of Shelburne by Robert Adam in 1763: it was transferred piece-by-piece from the previous (1958) Lloyd's building across the road. The first (1928) Lloyd's building was demolished to make way for the present one. However, its main entrance at 12 Leadenhall Street was preserved, and forms a rather incongruous attachment to the 1986 structure.
Leadenhall Market at Night
Made by vulture labs
The market dates back to the 14th century. It is open weekdays from 7am until late, and primarily sells fresh food; among the vendors there are cheesemongers, butchers and florists. Originally a meat, game and poultry market, it stands on what was the centre of Roman London. A number of commercial retailers are also located in the market, including clothes shops and a pen shop. The ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure, designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones (who was also the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets), make the market a tourist attraction. It was used to represent the area of London near The Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and is featured in the films The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Hereafter and Love Aaj Kal. It is also popular among local City workers. The main entrance to the market is on Gracechurch Street. The double height entrance is flanked by tall, narrow gabled red brick and Portland stone blocks in a C17 Dutch style. The adjacent buildings to the south have a continuous retail frontage which is punctuated by narrow entrances to pedestrian ways into the market. From 1990 to 1991 the market received a dramatic redecoration which transformed its appearance, enhancing its architectural character and detail. The redecoration scheme received a special mention in the Civic Trust Awards 1994. The market is a Grade II* Listed Building, being listed in 1972
Lloyds of London
Made by vulture labs
The present Lloyd's building, at 1 Lime Street, was designed by architect Richard Rogers and was completed in 1986. It stands on the site of the old Roman Forum. The 1925 facade still survives, appearing strangely stranded with the modern building visible through the gates on the northern side on Leadenhall Street. In the great Underwriting Room of Lloyd's stands the Lutine Bell, which was struck when the fate of a ship “overdue” at its destination port became known. If the ship was safe, the bell would be rung twice; if it had sunk, the bell would be rung once. (This had the practical purpose of immediately stopping the sale or purchase of “overdue” reinsurance on that vessel.) Now it is only rung for ceremonial purposes, such as the visit of a distinguished guest (two rings), or for the annual Remembrance Day service and anniversaries of major world events (one ring). The Lloyd's building was recently used in the beginning of the film Mamma Mia! to represent a New York office building from where Pierce Brosnan's character left for the Greek island. Lloyd's was named Business Insurance Readers Choice winner 2007 for Best Reinsurance Company. Lloyd's is also the main plotline in English author Penny Vincenzi's novel An Absolute Scandal (2007), which centres around the scandals during the 1980s and 1990s told via a large ensemble cast.
Golden Gallery St Pauls Cathedral London
Made by vulture labs
St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral dedicated to Paul the Apostle. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London, and is the seat of the Bishop of London. The present building dates from the 17th century and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It is generally reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral, all having been built on the same site since AD 604. The cathedral is one of London's most famous and most recognisable sights. At 365 feet (111m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world. Important services held at St Paul's include the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the launch of the Festival of Britain and the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Royal Family holds most of its important marriages, christenings and funerals at Westminster Abbey, but St Paul's was used for the marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. St Paul's Cathedral is still a busy working church, with hourly prayer and daily services.
'Ave a Butchers at this me ole China
Made by dahil ≈ß
This was taken in Leadenhall Market in London, UK. Once a thriving market, it has been extensively restored and now houses several fine shops, restaurants and pubs as well as providing a location for several films including Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone. It is also very close to Bow Bells, the bells of St Mary-Le-Bow church in Cheapside. Traditionally, anyone born within the sound of Bow Bells is known as a Cockney. These days, with traffic noise, that limits Cockneys to a very small area but, years ago, they would have been heard over much of East London. In the 1500’s, Cockneys invented a language based on rhyming slang. It was used by costermongers or street traders when they were engaged on things slightly less than legal and they didn’t want the punters (customers) or peelers (police) to know what they were up to. It has been evolving ever since. The title of this shot is in rhyming slang. Translated it means “Please have a look at this, my friend” Hang on, I hear you say. What’s rhyming about that? Well …………………. Butchers is short for butcher’s hook which means look. China is short for china plate which means mate. Easy innit! Now you can rabbit to the Cockneys in their own language!
Made by daruma*
I'm not sure about you but today sees the start of my holiday season. Oh yes! And so just in case some of you are rushing off for the holiday period, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for making this year a very, very special one for me. Over the last twelve month I have not only discovered a joy for photography, I've also 'met' many wonderful new friends. We have laughed together, teased each other, shared private thoughts, helped and coached each other - and this is all the more amazing when I think that this time last year I hadn't come across any of you! Anyway, I'll shut up now except to say thank you once again and to wish you all a peaceful and restful time. (Whoops, I nearly forgot to mention that this is an abstracted view of Vent, a street-level structure near Paternoster Square in the City of London, that serves as the ventilation shaft for an underground electricity sub station - and, to me, today, looks like a Christmas Tree! :) Part of the and vent sets.
The Fly Past.
Made by Andy Bracey -
The Lloyds Building, The City Of London, England. Explore # 122 06.09.09 Designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986, like the Pompidou Centre (designed by Renzo Piano and Rogers), the building was innovative in having its services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space inside. The twelve glass lifts were the first of their kind in the UK. The building consists of three main towers and three service towers around a central, rectangular space. Its focal point is the large Underwriting Room on the ground floor, which houses the famous Lutine Bell. The Underwriting Room (often simply known as 'the Room') is overlooked by galleries, forming a 60 metres (197 ft) high atrium lit naturally through a huge barrel-vaulted glass roof. The first four galleries open onto the atrium space, and are connected by escalators through the middle of the structure. The higher floors are glassed-in, and can only be reached via the outside lifts.
UK - London - City of London Information Centre - abstract 05 sq
Made by Darrell Godliman
I keep seeing bold colourful semi-abstract shots of buildings on my contacts pages but when I check where they've been taken they're rarely of England. This is one of the things that makes the City of London Information Centre so special, particularly given it's location immediately next to St Paul's Cathedral. Ken Shuttleworth, of Make Architects, said: “Creating a new building for such a high profile and historically sensitive site has been an immense privilege and a fascinating design challenge. Sean and his team have produced a strikingly contemporary design which engages with its context and sets up a new dialogue with St Paul’s opposite. The result is a welcoming and accessible new building which provides all the state-of-the-art information resources needed to assist people in getting the very best out of this incredible city.” If you have photos of this building or any others by MAKE Architects please consider adding them to the group I've started :
Made by Andy Bracey -
I have taken this shot so many times, I really like this type of architecture. I have applied a little texture, this was taken from a wall at the rear of the cathedral that I played around with in Photoshop. The balustrade that you can see running around the cathedral at the base of the dome is the Stone Gallery where my earlier post was taken from. A little about Saint Paul's: St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral on Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London, and is the seat of the Bishop of London. The present building dates from the 17th century and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It is generally reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral, all having been built on the same site since AD 604. The cathedral is one of London's most famous and most recognisable sights. At 365 feet (111m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world.
UK - London - Willis shadows sq mono
Made by Darrell Godliman
The curving Norman Foster designed Willis Building, adjacent to Lloyd's of London, creates some wonderful shadows when the sun is in the right spot. From Wikipedia : The Willis Building at 51 Lime Street, is a large office tower in London's main financial district, the City of London. Designed by architect Sir Norman Foster and developed by British Land, it stands opposite the Lloyd's building and is 125 metres (410 ft) tall, with 26 storeys. The building features a stepped design, which was intended to resemble the shell of a crustacean, with setbacks rising at 97 m (318 ft) and 68 m (223 ft) respectively. In total, there are 475,000 square feet (44,128.9 m2) of office floorspace, most of which was pre-let to the Willis Group, a risk management company and insurance intermediary.
Made by kantryla
After a morning of shooting in London and waiting patiently for the overcast skies to break I rediscovered Tower 42 - and actually quite by accident. It had never been lost - other than in my head. I walk past it daily but have always dismissed it as an ugly duckling - almost not worthy of a photo, but I stumbled across it whilst looking for a better vantage point of 'the heron'. Crossing the footbridge above wormwood street and down a corridor I arrived at the base and the building instantly turned into a thing of beauty - and then the weather broke :) The light turned out just right - to me this seems like its from a batman film - other people elsewhere have commented that it looks almost computer generated - its not, and it turned out just as I'd wanted it :)
London Stock Exchange
Made by vulture labs
Paternoster Square is an urban development, owned by the Mitsubishi Estate Co., next to St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, England. In 1942 the area, which takes its name from Paternoster Row, centre of the London publishing trade, was devastated by aerial bombardment in The Blitz during World War II. It is now the location of the London Stock Exchange which relocated there from Threadneedle Street in 2004, of investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Nomura Securities Co., and of fund manager Fidelity Investments. Pater noster in Latin means Our Father in English. The Square lies near the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest part of the City of London.
Made by kantryla
Last in the series and one I've been umming and arring about - suspect you either like it or hate it with nothing in between. I like marmite !! So I thought I'd round of the series with this one. Same day, break in the clouds, sun directly behind me - and for some reason we get this big reflected arc in Tower 42 from the sun assume its just the way the steel work clads the building. Also assume this a fairly common event - which must be really annoying for the surrounding buildings. Anyway love it or hate - its up to you. BTW thanks very much for all the comments on this set, glad people like them - I was pretty pleased the way they came out and pretty pleased with peoples reactions too - so thanks very much all
Made by kantryla
This is the Aviva building (not sure of its official name) just across the road from Lloyds of London. Its pretty much a brutal slab of a building and not that photogenic really. I certainly don't like it as a building, but I did like the contrasts and cloud reflections in the windows. However it really does my head in, the verticals are all over the place, and try as I might to correct them it just looks wrong - so I've left it to the original out of the camera shot. I've no idea how to fix this other than to shoot with a pc-e lens (one day maybe) I guess the angle I took this with didn't help either. Apparently this is called St Helens, previously Aviva Tower, previously Commercial Union Tower.
And Now for Something Completely Different
Made by dahil ≈ß
It’s been raining today. All day. And I got bored. When I get bored I have to make myself do something different. So today I thought I’d take a crappy shot from my library and see if I could process it into something worth posting. A sort of challenge, you see. First part was easy. There’s no shortage of crappy images in my library. Next part was a little more difficult. This image has had an awful lot of different treatments. An awful lot. It nearly got trashed several times. Don’t ask me what I did. I can’t remember. Don’t know if I like the result. But I’ve seen worse, hanging in galleries with hefty price tags attached. So I’ll post it and see what happens.
5/365 - Shallow stairs
Made by armiller007
Today I went into the London office again, and anytime I do this I take the Waterloo and City line from Waterloo to Bank. This line is kinda unique, because it just goes between two stations with no other stops. And it's a good thing, because that train is PACKED in the morning when everyone comes into the city. I took this in the early afternoon, I needed to take my last calls of the day from my home office so it wasn't crowded. I think you'll be seeing a lot of photos of my daily commutes - consider yourselves warned! The last few days I've got a lot of ideas for some photos on that line, hopefully I'll stay motivated and get some of them to turn out.
Nearest places of interest:
St Mary Aldermary
Morley Fund Management
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Site of Saint Mary Aldermanbury