London - The City Photo Gallery

The City is where ancient London began, and is the old financial centre. In recent years, many bold architectural landmarks have risen above the historic rooftops, some heavily criticized by skeptics for not blending coherently with the more dated structures in the area.

Tower Bridge, with its neo-Gothic towers, was built to impress. This bridge could be raised in 3 minutes to let ships pass thanks to a steam-driven mechanism that was an innovation back in 1894.

Today, there is far more foot traffic on the bridge than boat traffic passing underneath.

I went up the bridge that connects the 2 towers in 2004. Nowadays, there are higher vantage points for an even more impressive view.

Tourists were already waiting in line to get into the Tower of London next door.

Across the Thames, the round City Hall was designed by Foster + Partners and was completed in 2002.

The riverfront promenade is a pleasant spot to take in the sights, and to soak some rays.

All Hallows by the Tower is the oldest church in the City and its origins pre-date the Tower of London by 300 years. This was the burial place for many beheaded souls next door, including Thomas More. Rebuilt after World War II, the church is a quiet place of reflection in an otherwise very touristed district.

The 37-storey Walkie Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street reflected sunlight to damage cars and shopfronts below when it first opened. It made headlines again in 2017 after it was sold at a record-breaking 1.3 billion pounds to a Hong Kong food conglomerate.

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