Sadly my Brompton had to stay at home as today I had nowhere to lock it up safely. Normally I convince one of my friends who either live or work nearby to look after my Brompton but they all had the nerve to be on holiday!
The first thing to say is that the photos do not do the views justice. They are breathtaking and it takes some time to stop being overwhelmed or pick out every famous building or landmark you can spot.
When I was looking around at the views below I could not help but look for the routes of some of the cycle rides / adventures I have been on over the years. I saw the London Eye meeting point. Our journeys east towards Canary Wharf, O2 and Woolwich. I saw some of the locations we have been on night rides. Happy memories of past and as I will be repeating many in the future, lots of happy times to look forward to.
I used two cameras. One has a 24-200 mm lens and the other a 25-400 mm lens. As you can see I was able to zoom in quite well and some of the people on top of St Paul's Cathedral can just about be seen.
Many of us were hoping to see some peregrines which can be seen perching high up on the Tate Modern. Sadly they were not seen today.
One thing that I picked out today was the number of roof gardens. I am a big fan of these and think more buildings should have them.
While up in the heavens we saw a bi-plane quite high up in the sky. I can only imagine where it was going?
The Walkie-Talkie is for the moment the near star in town and lots of people could be seen taking in the views from the viewing area. This is free and open to the public but you do have to book some time in advance.
The Shard is in many ways a love or hate building for many people. I have to say I am not a fan but in time it might grow on me.
Opening my rucksack I brought out my lunch and starting eating enjoying some of the best views in London. As I glanced over at The Gerkin I saw a small opening. Upon closer inspection and zooming in all the way I took a photo of a worker having his lunch.
I have been able to do this a few times now but it always seems as fresh and exciting as the first time I stepped out to see these incredible views. Many thanks to David L for organising and letting me come and I hope to see you again at some point in the near future.