I sketched this from the outside tables at 88 Wood Street. A small coffee shop run by Dartbrooke Coffee has opened in this office block. The coffee was superb, the welcome warm, and they had a selection of food. Also they had tables both indoors and out. Here’s the view from an outdoor table overlooking London Wall.
I liked all the angles.
That’s rain you see in the sky. I had to pack up quickly as the rain came down.
This picture took 1hour 10 minutes up to the point in the photo above when it started raining. Then another 20 minutes at my desk to finish off.
Here’s a map. The building on the left of my drawing is 200 Aldersgate, a huge office block.
Bastion House is the monolith in the centre of the picture, with the Barbican Highwalks below leading to the Museum of London.
Bastion House, the Highwalks, and the Museum of London are all under threat of demolition by the City of London and replacement with three huge office blocks, overshadowing the Barbican. All the bridges will be removed, and all the highwalks in this area. This is not a good idea, in my view, and I support the residents’ call to the City to stop and think. Do we need yet more huge office blocks…really? Can we not refurbish the existing buildings, as has happened successfully to nearby blocks?
Here are some other sketches of Bastion House: