Thursday, 29 September 2011

St Paul's: my view of London

So I move out of my flat next to Exmouth Market in a month. It'll be extremely sad. After living in SW, NE and Central London, this is the best location I have found.

Here are a few images that come to mind when I think of the view and the historic location I'll be leaving. Leaving behind the stunning views from my block's roof, St Paul's View Apartments, will be hard. Seeing the iconic dome of the cathedral tower above the city sky line everyday will make me feel a little less like a Londoner.

The stunning roof terrace (pic below). Here was where we watched the Lancaster bomber fly-by on the William-Kate royal wedding day this year. It was a surprisingly uplifting day. You can see St Paul's, Tower Bridge, the ever-rising Shard and the Gherkin.

The lasting image of British endurance: St Paul's still standing, rising above the flames and smoke of the Blitz in World War 2.

And an image I first saw when I signed my contract at Winkworths, estate agents, for the flat a year ago. Location: 39 Farringdon Road, London. You can see the plaque on the wall in this link. It is a classic London piece of history that I think deserves to be publicised.

I never knew that there had been zeppelin raids on London in World War 1. Imagine the fear that these eerie, slow moving, angels of death must have inspired. You can read more about them at Wikipedia.

And finally to the future, I saw this in November 2008 and am glad someone took a photo. The dean and chapter of St Paul's commissioned Martin Firrell to commemorate the 300 year old Christopher Wren dome of the cathedral.

This resulted in an art installation turning St Paul's dome into a giant 'literal and metaphorical lighthouse'  called the Question Mark Archive. Phrases were submitted by the public and leading thinkers giving their opinions on what makes like meaningful and purposeful and what is St Paul's purpose a midst this. Watch the video here.

I was fascinated to see words in arabic and words such as 'atheist' projected onto the dome. How they would have been differently received 300 years ago. That we live in a city in an age that can embrace all cultures, religions and people makes me truly proud to live here.

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