The Gherkin

30 St. Mary’s Axe, more commonly referred to as ‘The Gherkin’, is a tower designed by Foster and Associates, located in City of London. The tower is 180m tall and is primarily owned an primarily occupied by Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers.

This shot was taken whilst standing near to the St. Andrew Undershaft church. I used a polarising filter to enhance the blue of the sky and reduce reflections form the windows.


The rather odd-looking Lloyds’ building, in the City of London. All of the pipes, lifts and staircases are located on the outside of the building, much like the Pompidou centre in Paris.


Looking upwards at the some of the new office buildings in the Spitalfields development, near Liverpool Street station in London. Nearby is the wonderful Spitalfields market.


Taken from the top of the Monument to the Great Fire of London, this view shows Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and City Hall.

As can be seen, there are some great views from the top of the Monument; you can take in Canary Wharf, the Thames, the City and St. Paul’s. It only cost £2 to go up the 61 metre column, but it is not for those who suffer from vertigo or claustraphobia, as the stairwell is very narrow!

City of London 25 February 2006