Wednesday, August 03, 2022

One New Change: Viewing Area

London The Unfinished City
Reflecting on St Paul's Cathedral. 

Sunday July 31, 2022.

One of the major developments over the last few decades, which enhances the appeal of London, is the new buildings that include viewing areas, nearly always on the roof, that allow free access for the public to see London from a different perspective.

London The Unfinished City
Looking across at St Paul's Cathedral.

So it was that after a visit to the Museum of London, I took Erin and Keilyn to the top of the One New Change building, via its glass lifts, to see the view.

London The Unfinished City
'Ariel' by Boris Anrep with the Barbican towers in the background.

From its location opposite St Paul's Cathedral it is this iconic building that you see while travelling up in the lift, and the first thing you see when you walk onto the viewing area.

London The Unfinished City
With dusk fast approaching London takes on a new light.

The panoramic view allows you to see The Shard and along the River Thames to the London Eye and more. On clear days you can see the Crystal Palace transmitting station radio mast.

London The Unfinished City
The Shard, Crystal Palace transmitter, London Eye and St Paul's.

But, for a truly great experience, sunset offers some amazing photo opportunities, which I hope to take the girls to see, later in the year.

London The Unfinished City

There is also a mosaic and stone carvings to admire, towards the northwest of the viewing area.

London The Unfinished City
'Ariel' by Boris Anrep (1883-1969).

London The Unfinished City
'St George Combatant' by Sir Charles Wheeler (1892-1974).

Suitably impressed with the views Erin, Keilyn and I made our way to the lifts and headed off on the next part of our walk.

Brief History

One New Change is a shopping centre and office building in the City of London, opposite St Paul's Cathedral. 

This eight-storey building is home to 60 shops and restaurants and replaced an eleven-storey building that was built in the 1950s, for the Bank of England, and demolished in 2007.

The new building opened to the public in October 2010, with the viewing area opening the following month.

The building sits between Cheapside (north), Bread Street (east), Watling Street (south) and New Change (west). The two passages that intersect the building are named Cheapside Passage (north-south) and New Change Passage (east-west).

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