In 2017, we’re starting a new series of photo posts on the surprising sights that we pass every day on our way to work. From amazing architecture to hidden garden squares, there’s a wider world to discover if you take a closer look around you.
One of my favourite sites in the City of London is the lone bell tower of St Alban on Wood Street. Originally, the site of a medieval church, the tower was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rebuilt in the Gothic style by Sir Christopher Wren. Battered again by bombing during the Second World War, the Church was raised to the ground leaving only the bell tower.
Situated on a traffic island amidst a backdrop of shimmering glass, the bell tower of St Alban appears like a medieval mirage. Composed of yellow sandstone, the elegant façade looks all the more striking for being superimposed against the modern office blocks on either side. This photo captures everything I love about the City of London. The old and the new jostling for attention in one vibrant, time-warped cosmos.
A closer peek at the front door reveals a private reception area that leads into one of London’s quirkiest residential developments. Transformed into private homes in the 1980s, it certainly beats the Brutalist Barbican in the des- res stakes. While thundering black cabs may keep you awake at night, it’s enviable location in the heart of the City means that you need never worry about tube strikes or signal failures ever again.
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