Most people have seen this kind of view of the 25th largest city in the world:
This one is from Wikipedia.
You’ve got the London Eye on the left (famous basically because its still standing), the Palace of Westminster in the middle and the clock tower housing Big Ben on the left. Very nice. But what kind of views do everyday Londoners’ get of these world-renowned landmarks?
When I commuted into the capital I saw none of this. Just a series of Tube Stations and other peoples armpits. However the other day I had a meeting in an office on the South Bank of the Thames which had a pretty impressive view (for an office in South London that is):
It’s a shame you can’t see more – I mean unless you live in a penthouse this is about as good as it gets. But what were things like back in the good old days – I mean the really good old days?
Well back in the 19th Century the view would have been something like this:
You can’t really see much from this painting by John Anderson from the 19th Century but it gives you an idea of what the South Bank was like back then (Parliament is behind the tree in the middle).
This picture shows where I was standing when I took my photo (courtesy of the Houses of Parliament itself):
So when you get London rammed down your throat during the Olympics this year, spare a thought for all the Londoners out there who often don’t see any of it!
What’s the view like from your office/home?