Panoramic View over Oxford Street with Mayfair and Soho
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Back in the summer 2012 I was invited to go onto the roof of a skyscraper located at the corner of Oxford Street and Edgware Road. This is one of London’s busiest intersections, besides Marble Arch, and the north eastern edge of Hyde Park. The building, which was called Marble Arch Tower, was sadly a few years later knocked down. I captured this view as one of my customary multi-shot digitally blended panoramas. The light was clear, the atmosphere warm, and the buildings were glowing in the last rays of the sun as it slowly descended below the horizon. I know that exact moment that I had captured exactly the view as I wanted to see it.
Alas I never managed to make it back up there to immerse myself in the expansive and extraordinary views but what I got that clear and balmy evening in mid June was immensely satisfying. The skyscraper was later rebuilt, but with all exclusive apartments now, it is well-nigh impossible to get up onto the roof.
The view was absolutely amazing, offering 360º views but the most evocative view was looking east, along Oxford Street, and over the rooftops of Mayfair and Soho beyond. In the distance is the iconic skyscraper skyline of The City of London, and beyond the tall towers of Canary Wharf. At least the skyline of London as it was in 2012!
Visible in this photograph amidst the myriads of rooftops, spires, gables and terraces is in the middle the curved roofline of Park House, designed by Robin Partington of APT) , to the left in the foreground is the rooftop of department store Selfridge’s and to the right can be seen the huge U shaped building on Hanover Square, designed by Eero Saarinen 1958-60, which until recently housed the US Embassy. Beyond are the elegant streets of Mayfair, leading onto Soho. On the horizon from the left can be seen Centrepoint (at the end of Oxford Street), then in the distance The City buildings of the Heron Tower, Tower 42, 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) with the dome of St Paul’s huddled but still proud amidst its newer neighbours. The skyscraper being built is the “Walkie Talkie” building at 20 Fenchurch St, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects. The central core visible here had been completed in March that year, and the Steet construction around it had just begun, when I took this image, although it not yet visible here. Glistening in the last rays of light in the far distance are the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, then continuing to the right is the Shard, with Shell House next to the London Eye, and then the Houses of Parliament with its towers of Big Ben and Victoria Tower, flying the Union flag at far right.
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