Reach for the sky

On the way home from work this afternoon, we popped into Maplin in Camomile Street, as we sometimes do, and then waited outside for the 205 bus.

The Heron Tower
The Heron Tower

This provided an opportunity to take yet another photo of the Heron Tower which we have seen steadily climbing skywards over the last few months.

The once bare structure, partially protected from the weather with plastic sheeting and curtains, has now been glazed almost entirely. Of the four tower cranes, one at each corner, that grew to an improbable height along with the tower, only one now remains, not visible in this picture.

No lover of modern “fish-tank” architecture, I have nevertheless been impressed by the Heron Tower and think it is set to become a famous landmark along with the BT Tower, the Gherkin and Canary Wharf. When it is finished I would like to travel right to the top in the lift we saw being installed and see London spread out below. Will I get the chance?

Blue sky and clouds above Wormwood Street
Blue sky and clouds above Wormwood Street

Camomile Street looks across Bishopsgate into Wormwood Street where our bus will shortly take us. London’s buildings stretch ever upward, turning the streets into windy canyons but we can still see the sky here and there and today it was a beautiful summer sky, decorated with big white clouds.

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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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2 Responses to Reach for the sky

  1. Villager says:

    A super picture of the Heron Tower.

    Camomile Street seems a strange name now there are so many shiny business structures.

    • SilverTiger says:

      Yes, it would be good if one could point to other streets in the area with the names of herbs or plants but there is only Wormwood Street to keep Camomile Street company.

      There is no doubt some explanation for these names but I don’t at the moment know what it is.

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