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Tulips in the city
visiting the garden at 120 Fenchurch St

View of the garden

We went to London to do some things, and one of those things was a visit to the new Garden at 120 Fenchurch St. And it’s lovely.

We arrived first thing in the morning, which was a good idea. We had the place all to ourselves for the first half hour or so.

Plants and skysrcapers

Hazy morning

Kate, who is properly knowledgable about gardening, was impressed by the design and the planting. It feels like a real garden up there, not like a publicity stunt. There are benches to sit on. There are loads of tulips in interesting colours.

There are lots of climbing plants, slowly creeping up on those metal grids. Later this summer, this will be a delightful shady spot for a picnic.

view of Tower Bridge

And of course terrific views, especially southwards over the river and Tower Bridge. To the west you can see St Paul’s cathedral.

Buildings reflecting one another

Vents, venting

Reflections you can use

Lots of lines

More reflections and lines

Some other lines

There’s an angled glass wall surrounding the garden, to optimise for both safety and views. Some photographers might get annoyed by the reflections it creates; others might just work with what it gives them.

Lloyds building

20 Fenchurch doing what it does

From up here, the Lloyds building looks old, small and a bit bullied by the newer, bigger buildings around it.

The walkie-talkie building (20 Fenchurch St, just down the road) looms aggressively over everything, arrogant and intrusive. Soon the climbing plants will have done their bit to block it from view. Your picnic will be a bit nicer as a result.


Filed under: travel
(18 April 2019)