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Royal Exchange (Lensbaby)

City of London
13 June 2008; 2215 Hours
[Canon EOS 5D | ISO 1600 | 00 mm | 1/20 seconds | F/0]

 

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Day 197: Tower 42 and Rainbow-coloured Cab

Day 197:  Tower 42 and Rainbow-coloured Cab

Tower 42 is the tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the fifth tallest in London as a whole. It was originally built for the National Westminster Bank (NatWest), hence its former name, the NatWest Tower.
Seen from above, the tower closely resembles the NatWest logo (three chevrons in a hexagonal arrangement). The tower, designed by Richard Seifert, is located at 25 Old Broad Street. It was built by John Mowlem & Co between 1971 and 1979, and opened in 1980, costing a total of £72 million (approximately £222 million today).

It is 183 metres (600 ft) high, which made it the tallest building in the UK until the topping-out of One Canada Square in Docklands in 1990.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_42

 

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Day 243: Sun setting over the City of London

Day 243:  Sun setting over the City of London

This photograph of the sun setting over the City of London was shot from Canary. I used a 135mm then cropped to this size because I left my 70-200mm zoom at home.

 

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The City of London at Twilight (February 2006)

(Archive image from February 2006; each image was taken within 20 minutes of the other one).

The City of London at Twilight on Tuesday 28 February (20 minutes later)

In the medieval period the City was the full extent of London (as distinct from the nearby but then-separate City of Westminster), but the term London now refers to a much larger conurbation containing both ‘cities’. The City of London is still part of London’s city centre, but apart from financial services, most of London’s metropolitan functions are centred on the West End. The City of London has a resident population of under 9,000 but a daily working population of around 300,000.

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The size of the City was originally constrained by a defensive perimeter wall, known as ‘London Wall’, which was built by the Romans to protect their strategic port city. However, the boundaries of the City of London are no longer the old City Wall as the city expanded its jurisdiction to the so-called City Bars such as Temple Bar. The boundary froze in the medieval period, thus the City did not and does not control the whole of London.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_london

The same view 20 minutes earlier:

The City of London at Twilight (Tuesday 28 February)

 

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The City of London

The City of London

 

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