I picked this street mainly for one specific building, the ‘walkie-talkie.’ Number 20 Fenchurch Street resembles a walkie-talkie, hence the nickname. It is mainly an office building, skirting the financial district, but it also houses one of the great parts of London city legislation. The building got planning permission, if it included a public space. And what a space it is, on the 36th floor, there is an open space with a bar, a restaurant and last time I was there it had added a coffee bar for early visitors (closed when we arrived, judging from the many paper cups around I assumed that was what it offered).
On the top floors the public has access to a 360 degree vision of London, with an outside viewing deck facing the river Thames. Watching the sun set over London at this place is amazing. And most importantly when it comes to London. It is FREE! Since it opened in 2015, there have been debates as to how open and accessible it is to the public, you have to book your visit in advance and the spaces fill up quickly. Spaces are released three weeks before and on certain occasions during the year, they go quick. Also at sun set times it is a busy place. However I do think it is worth the hassle for the spectacular views and the calm atmosphere at the top of the world.
The extra bits: The Carbuncle Cup an award by Building Desgin magazine for the worst new building. 20 Fenchurch street building was awarded the tongue in cheek architectural prize in 2015. Do you agree on previous years winners?
Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite F street in London or in your own hometown/favourite city.
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