Fun facts: Who designed St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK, and when was it rebuilt?

Studying local history and bringing the past to life: London Cemeteries

V2 rocket: Remembering those killed on the Woolworths site during WWII in London

Once a store for bicycles confiscated in St James’s Park: Duck Island Cottage

London, UK, images; architecture; places of worship, churches

The masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren, one of the world’s greatest architects

St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD

Nearest Underground Station/public transport: St Paul’s Station; City Thameslink Station

An unrivalled baroque masterpiece: St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK
An unrivalled baroque masterpiece: St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK

St Paul’s Cathedral was the first purpose-built Protestant cathedral; it was erected after the Great Fire of London 1666 and took 35 years until completion; Wren’s salary was reduced as punishment for the work progressing allegedly too slow

Approaching St Paul's Cathedral from the south east side
Approaching St Paul’s Cathedral from the south east side

St Paul’s Cathedral, one of the largest churches of the world, measures 111 metres in height and was thus London’s tallest building until 1962

The South Porch, St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK
The South Porch, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK

Concerts in St Katherine Cree Church, Leadenhall Street, EC3A

Side view of St Paul's Cathedral's West Porch (Main Entrance)
Side view of St Paul’s Cathedral’s West Porch (Main Entrance)
The West Porch is the main entrance to St Paul's; above the entrance are the Pediment Carvings (the conversion of St Paul)
Above the West Porch entrance are the Pediment Carvings (the conversion of St Paul)

St Paul’s Bookshop’s window display

Bus route 100 from Elephant & Castle via St Paul’s to Tower Gateway

St Paul’s Cathedral’s dome is the second biggest in the world, after St Peter’s in Rome; a world-famous feature is the Whispering Gallery, carrying audible whispers from one side to the other, and, above this, the Golden Gallery (reached by climbing another 530 steps), which offers spectacular views over London

Public map: How long does it take to walk from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London?

How long does it take to walk from Waterloo Station to St Paul’s Cathedral?

The “Wobbly Bridge” over the River Thames in London

Other fascinating buildings by Sir Christopher Wren

St Martin within Ludgate, Ludgate Hill

St Clement Danes, Strand

The Royal Hospital, Chelsea

St Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street

 

 

 

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The dead of the First World War remembered: Euston War Memorial, London, UK

Remembrance Sunday in London

London, UK, images; English history; World War I, World War II; plaques and war memorials; the Euston War Memorial, Euston Grove, NW1

The Euston War Memorial, London, UK
The Euston War Memorial, London, UK

An obelisk of Portland stone flanked by four bronze figures of service men; inscription: “In memory of our glorious dead. In grateful memory of 3719 men of the London and Northwestern Railway Company who for their country, justice and freedom served and died in the great war”, and also: “Remember the men and women of the London Midland and Scottish Railway 1939 – 1945”

Other, lesser known London war memorials and plaques:

– The Dulwich War Memorial

– In memory of the 168 people killed in the V2 rocket attack 1944

Yet more new skyscrapers on the horizon in London, UK?

London, UK, images; architecture, modern architecture, new properties; new residential development on the Hampton House site (Albert Embankment), which was bought by property developer St James (part of the Berkeley Group)

Cranes south of Lambeth Bridge heralding the new Hampton House development
Cranes south of Lambeth Bridge heralding the new Hampton House development
The progress (right) viewed from Vauxhall Bridge
New Hampton House’s progress (right) viewed from Vauxhall Bridge

The myriad of cranes on the horizon heralds 3 new residential towers of cylinder shaped design which will be of different heights, ranging between 15-20 storeys

Regional/evening newspapers for free in London, UK

London, UK, images; media; newspapers; daily paper, local paper, evening paper; until 2009, this household name of nearly 200 years switched from paid circulation to free distribution:

Free Evening Standard newspapers in front of Charing Cross Station, London, UK
Free Evening Standard newspapers in front of Charing Cross Station, London, UK

The Evening Standard (tabloid format) is available daily all over London, the famous cryptic crossword puzzle has more recently been joined by a daily sudoku; other free London newspapers are: City A.M. and Metro; regional free paper include: News Shopper,  Wandsworth Guardian, Fitzrovia News, Kingston Guardian, Stratford & Newham Express, Lewisham and Greenwich Mercury, Nigeria Watch

New Office developments in the City of London: Condor House

London, UK, images; architecture, buildings, new properties, new developments, office refurbishment; Condor House, a landmark office development opposite St Paul’s Catherdral; address: 4-15 St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AY

Condor House, London, UK
Condor House, London, UK

This property is a redevelopment behind an existing facade; companies/offices include: Skanska Offices, Pizza Express, Cafe Rouge, RFC Ambrian Ltd, Cawdor Group, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Yo Sushi, Evans Randall

Bus route 295 from Clapham Junction Station via Hammersmith to Ladbroke Grove in London, UK

London, UK, images; travel, tourism, living and working in London, commuting; public transport; directions, connection, schedule; Underground, overground, National Rail, station, bus stops; best route, direct route; bus route 295 from Clapham Junction Station to Ladbroke Grove and vice versa

Public transport in London, UK
Public transport in London, UK

Bus route 295: Clapham Junction Station – St John’s Hill – Wandsworth Bridge – Fulham Broadway Station – Charing Cross Hospital – Hammersmith Bus Station – Shepherd’s Bush Station – Latimer Road Station – Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury’s