It has been a little over four decades since the skyscraper, now known as Tower 42, pushed through the height restriction on tall buildings in London. Now eclipsed by 22 Bishopsgate, it stands adjacent to a cluster of newer steel and glass highrise office buildings within the dense narrow lanes of London’s Square Mile.
Commonly seen from afar, this walk explores how these tall buildings are experienced at street level. Where buildings have incorporated spectacular gardens in the sky, how has the public realm fared on the ground? The Grade I listed Lloyds Building that wears the inside on the outside remains, of course, visibly unique.
On this walkthrough of corridors of glass, steel and stone you will discover the contrasts of London’s newest modern architecture within its historic Square Mile.