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London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie

March 3, 2015 by David Herd

The Gherkin

London Shard Gherkin Walkie TalkieLondon Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie are some of the ultra modern glass skyscrapers that are starting to dominate the London skyline. Not all Locals are happy about this break from tradition, however it is very difficult these days to stop progress.

On the building’s top level (the 40th floor), there is a bar for tenants and their guests featuring a 360° view of London. A restaurant operates on the 39th floor, and private dining rooms on the 38th.

Tower 42

London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie Tower 42 is the 3rd tallest building in London after the Shard and 122 Leadenhall Street.

The Shard

The Shard

Londoners seem to like giving nicknames to their new buildings.

The Shard

The Shard London’s tallest building, I intended to visit the lookout at the top however a price of 30 Quid talked me out of it. 🙂


The Walkie Talkie at 20 Fenchurch Street

London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie This is my favourite building in London, there is a great story about how it magnifies heat and melts cars. During the summer of 2013, when the reflection of a beam of light up to six times brighter than direct sunlight shining onto the streets beneath damaged vehicles parked on the street nearby, including one on Eastcheap whose owner was paid £946 by the developers for repairs to melted bodywork. The reflection also burned or scorched the doormat of a shop in the affected area. The media responded by dubbing the building the “Walkie Scorchie”.

The Walkie Talkie

   photo The Walkie Talkie  This is certainly my favourite modern London building.

122 Leadenhall Street

  London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie  Lots of steel and glass in this fantastic skyscraper.

Lloyd’s Building

  Lloyd's building London  What style would you call this, modern metal? 🙂

 London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie

  London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie The Shard of course is one the opposite side of the Thames.  

The Walkie Talkie

Walkie Talkie photo The Walkie Talkie 5.jpg The Walkie talkie is still my favourite, how many buildings do you know of that can destroy motor vehicles? 🙂

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