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Looking Down on London

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Looking down on London,  January 2017

Looking down on a city gives a sense of scale, helps position key locations in your mind and can bring a breath of fresh air to your adventures.

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I love walking through a city, meeting people, peering through doorways, enjoying reflections in windows, peeping round corners, …     But clambering up ramps and stairs for the freedom of gazing down always wins me over, even though it is invariably mixed with my fear of heights.

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This year, I will be bringing you views across London, from a variety of viewpoints.  Some of these are my regular haunts, others will be new ones for me.

To kick of the year, my January views are from a classic viewpoint, at the top of St Paul’s Cathedral.  Any time of year, any time of day (but especially at sunset), this is a must-do clamber if you are up to mastering 528 steps.


The galleries are usually open 09:30 – 16:30 and the entrance fee for an adult turning  up on the day is currently £18.  Full details can be found here.

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Note added Feb 2017:  the viewing galleries will be closed fore several weeks in March, April and May 2017- check carefully before your trip.

aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 31 January 2017


Part of Changing Seasons


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  1. Great shots, Debbie. There seems to be quite a lot of construction going on in the city. And that skyline is nothing like I thought London would be. Too modern. I crave older architecture but some of those glass and metal buildings are really something!

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    • There’s plenty of old stuff too. I suppose that is one of the aspects of views from on high – the tall modern buildings stands out. I’m easily pleased and like the old and the new, on the whole. But I’ll see if I can get some “older” views for you for next month!

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    • Closer views of the Gherkin and other buildings in the city, plus the Millennium Bridge. And a view of the London Eye!
      I will reveal more later in the year when I feature the London Eye!


  2. looking forward to your many views of London….
    and how awesome you are able to manage your fear of heights to site see – photograph and meet people!
    oh and I dropped my hat in st paul’s cathedral – back in the 80s – needed help from a guard to get it –
    anyhow, your photos here are beautiful

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    • Oh, I was going to say I’ll look out for it next time I’m there, but sounds like you got it back!
      It’s a fantastic building, isn’t it! I wish I could share the internal views from the Whisper Gallery but photos aren’t allowed.

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      • ha – you are funny!
        and too bad photos are not allowed
        — anyhow, your series sounds great – and already from this post I see London’s skyline in a new light – had not idea of how many cool buildings are there.

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