Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Our day out in London started at .....


The Monument to the Great Fire of London, more commonly known simply as the Monument, is a Doric column in the City of London, near the northern end of London Bridge, that commemorates the Great Fire of London.
It stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill, 202 ft (62 m) tall and 202 ft (62 m) from the spot in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started on 2 September 1666.

Whilst googling, I came across a blog post all about this area ..
 The blog is called A London Inheritance Very interesting for
those that love London and it's history.

I love the architectural difference between
the old and the new.

Skanska developed and constructed The Monument Building,
in the heart of the city of London.
 It creates a stunning backdrop to The Monument,
the famous landmark that commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666.
One of the striking features is the twisting fins on its south side,
which are made in Italy from anodised aluminium.
The 69 fins create a signature pattern and
are designed to let in as much natural light as possible,
while shading the building from heat gain.

Old and New

The church below is

St Mary Abchurch

Which  is  Church of England,  off Cannon Street in the City of London.
Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is first mentioned in 1198–1199.
The medieval church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666,
 and replaced by the present building.

We did try and get in but lots of building work going on.

Hope you enjoyed this little piece of London history.
Jennifer and I had a great time . Still more to come.

Monday, 5 June 2017

A beautiful Cafe in London ....

A few months ago, I read
about a Café in a Church,
and thought how great it would be to visit.
So when the opportunity arose to visit London
to see my great friend Jennifer,
I asked her if she fancied going
to see it. Of course she did !!

I emailed the people, found out where it was,
went to visit and that is where our day started.

(Please click on link above to read more
about this wonderful café)
Host is a coffee shop inside
 a beautiful, historic church in Watling Street.
This is not your typical church café, however.
 As well as providing a quiet, reflective space within the busy city,
 Host provides high quality coffee , as well as other drinks and food.
The Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary is an Anglican church located
in Watling Street at the junction with Bow Lane, in the City of London.
 Of medieval origin, it was rebuilt from 1510. Badly damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666, it was rebuilt once more, this time by Sir Christopher Wren, unlike the vast majority of his City churches in a Gothic style.
(Please click on the link above to read more
about the history of the church)

An amazing place and people are lovely.
There also  is a small market of food stalls outside the church on weekdays
This is part one of our walk , as we picked up a map
Friends of the Church and went walking.