Taken a little later in the morning than the shot of St Pauls on the bridge, this is from the bank on south of the river Thames facing the North of the city. I thought I would take a different view while capturing the Millennium Bridge leading to St Pauls.
Beer was and is an important part of English life. This is clear, when you see this impressive curved Hops Exchange building in Southwark. It is elegant from outside and inside. Designed by R.H. Moore (not Royal Highness) in 1867, it served the brewing industry. It’s glass roof provide natural light on the tiled trading floor. There were also similar grand buildings in London for Coal, Metal and Stock Exchanges, but WWII bombings, fires and ignorance left only the Hops Exchange and Leather Exchange still standing today. Paradoxically the Hops Exchange never really took of and by 1903 major tenant was J. Lyons -a wine company, which moved out in 1972. Today the offices are rented out to various boring businesses such as real estate and recruiting with the exception of Katzenjammers – a German style Bierkeller.
Taken faceing East, with the view of the Shard and Tower Bridge in the distance from the Millennium bridge. It was a chilly, windy Saturday morning and the clouds were just starting to clear before sunrise. This is a shot that was taken a few minutes before than the one earlier in this gallery.
A panorama taken through the grimy glass of the skygraden atop the ‘walkie talkie’ building- or 20 fenchurch street. The weather was just clearing up after a rain shower, and the light caught the back of the clouds creating this stunning, dramatic sky, with some mist on the horizon following the shower. This incredible scene lasted less than a minute!