120, Fenchurch Street

Hellooo!selfie

Here we are again, this time on top of 120, Fenchurch Street – wow that sun was bright!

(see previous post about the Sky Garden at 20, Fenchurch St)

That is ‘The Gherkin’ in the background.

To get up to the roof garden at 120, you just turn up and queue. As people come out, more are let in – we only had a couple of people in front of us and didn’t have to wait at all. You go through an airport-style security scanner before getting into the lift.

roof garden

This garden is open to the sky with native planting and it is much quieter and calmer than in the tropical lushness of the other garden.

120, Fenchurch Street, London

I loved the play of light and shadows on the floor, walls and plants.

There are no restaurants there, but it is a perfect place to take a packed lunch as most of these people seemed to have done.120, Fenchurch St

They were perched on the edge of the rather awkward looking water feature, more comfortable seating would be a bonus.

From this terrace you can see ‘The Walkie-Talkie’ building and look at where we had been just a few minutes ago – in the garden on top of that building.

walkie talkie building

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roof garden

so much to enjoy, looking in, looking up, looking through, looking out, roof gardenwith a few surreal reflections where the glass wall was high

London roof tops and reflections

and looking down building siteand DOWN!street

On the way out you pass under a vast ceiling covered with a moving video art installationsculpture in london

it is called BotanicΒ and is a picture of slowly swirling flowers as if they are floating in a dark pool. It is part of Sculpture in the City.sculpture in the city

and as we walked back to the tube station we spotted some more, this one with a very long title that makes very little sense to me, and is something to do with lava and volcanoessculpture in the city

and thissculpture

Bridging Home

which could be very witty …….hmmm. Perhaps I need to find out a bit more about them to appreciate them more.

Edit: I looked for more images and information about this piece. I wanted to see the piece up closer and from the inside. I found thisΒ which says the Footbridge was closed so that the piece was not vandalised. Grrr! So eventually it will be removed. I seem to have a whole load of thoughts and emotions swirling around about that. It would have been good to have had a video to experience this replica of a displaced home. I get the reference to migrants and displacement and the fact that the ‘home’ looks as if it has been just dropped uncomfortably out of context, I just wish it’s message could have been presented in a more accessible way.

Searching for all of the 21 sculptures and getting up close to them could be a nice focus for another visit to London.

I will end with a photo my son took just before we left The City.

Look up!

sky

and went back to his house to spend a delightful weekend with him and his three girls, whilst their Mum was on a girly birthday celebration holiday.

30 responses to “120, Fenchurch Street

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  3. You had the perfect blue sky for your visit! I haven’t been to London for about 20 years now, so it would be a lovely spot to look at all the new buildings and the skyline. Thanks for sharing!

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    • We were so lucky with the weather and visibility weren’t we.
      If you ever get to London, there two gardens are a good place to see it from above – the viewing floor of the Tate Modern is another good place.

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  4. What s glorious day you had for your visit. I love London and do not think it is ever ugly if you look in the right place.

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  5. Gosh, I feel vertigo from all that up and down. London looks futuristic now and not like a Sherlock Holmes city. I don’t think I will ever be a city person, so nice to see your travels.

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    • Sorry if I made you dizzy Cathy.
      I do love all the futuristic architecture and vibrancy of London, but I don’t think I would enjoy living there nowadays, when I was younger, yes, but not now. I get a creative buzz from visiting every so often though.
      I like the idea of seeking out some of the old ‘Sherlock Holmes’ London …. maybe next time. πŸ™‚

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  6. All right. This deserves a wowsah. That is some roof-top garden. Also, so enjoyed seeing a picture of you and your son.

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  7. Another fascinating London travels/experiences photo essay Sandra. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Looks like an interesting place to visit. You were up quite high was there a lift or did you have to go up stairs? I read the explanation for the lava and volcano sculpture – strange!

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  9. I thought the ‘lava’ were bin bags at first. πŸ˜‚

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  10. I think I might have had to retreat to a corner and lain down and trembled for a while after seeing the ‘and DOWN’ view πŸ™‚ Yikes!!
    I love that London has planted some gardens up in the sky. When Christchurch was in ruins here from the quakes there was a strong movement to rebuild with ecology and conservation in mind – buildings with plants covering the outside walls and rooftops and high botanical plazas like the ones you have just visited. In the end they went utilitarian and status quo which was a real shame.

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  11. What a lovely couple of posts. Thank you for the beautiful visual reminder of the wonderful city that was my home for 25 years… I wouldn’t want to live there any more, but I still love it.

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    • How wonderful to have lived in London – I wouldn’t want to now, but I do love visiting and have a real affection for the city and what it has to offer. My Grandad took me on my first visit to London when I was 8 and he presented it to me in a such a magical way – the thrill has never left me.

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  12. Dawn Heffernan

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. Changed my mind about London being ugly!

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