Since I’m finished my degree now and don’t have to bike to school anymore, I have to think of other destinations. Often I’ll just pick a destination and make a rough loop in that direction. Last week I decided to poke around the little nooks and crannies of the Square Mile.
I started near Spitalfields, then headed past Bishopsgate and the instantly recognisable 30 St. Mary Axe (aka “The Gherkin”) towards the old lady on Threadneedle Street – the Bank of England. It was a busy weekday afternoon with suits scurrying everywhere.
I headed northwest from there, passing office buildings old and new.
Near the Museum of London there’s a section of the original Roman wall (around the city called Londinium at that time). Near there is also a roundabout which is nice and quick and smoothly paved, so I did laps around there for a bit just for fun. It’s probably the only place in the City where you can get up to speed and maintain it for any appreciable time. Ghettodrome!
I continued on towards Smithfields and St. Bartholemew:
Then headed south towards Fleet Street, with its narrow buildings, and the Temple complex, with its hidden gardens.
I carried on eastward and homeward, stopping by St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Monument to the Great Fire of 1666, and the Tower of London. As I headed home, the sun set behind me, covering everything in that golden afternoon light that is the best part of autumn.
On Flickr: City Ride