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Old September 16th, 2019, 07:55 AM   #3581
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Hi Team,

So I'm in London in April 2020 for the Bond premiere. I'm also a massive building nerd and work in property here in Australia.

Besides the obvious of Battersea Power Station, The Shard (where I'm staying) and The Gherkin, what other buildings or structures are a London "must see" ?

I concur with Mr Cladding but would recommend a round trip on an Oyster card.

No 15 bus from Trafalgar Square to the Tower of London, top deck at the font if you can.
DLR from Tower Gateway Station to Royal Victoria Dock (may have to change lines at Canning Town). Wait till you can get a front seat, there are no drivers.
Cable Car to North Greenwich (O2).
Take the Thames Clipper back up the river to the London Eye.

Fantastic views all the way and cheaper than a twirl on the London Eye.

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Old September 16th, 2019, 12:02 PM   #3582
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Visit to the (free) Museum of London is a good start for an overview and its sister site (MoL Docklands) in Canary Wharf when you are in that area. Visit the Building centre (just off Tottenham Court Road, near British museum) has a good "development" map of London and some details on projects. closed Sunday https://www.buildingcentre.co.uk

If you are interested in historic examples of materials and craft you might enjoy a visit to the V&A museum.

Some ideas for your interest in structures,

Navigating up the staircase between the inner and outer dome of St Pauls cathedral for the outside view from the Golden gallery is worth it.

Across the river is Tate Modern, a converted Oil Powered power station by the same architect as Battersea Power Station, you can still smell the oil in the "Tanks" gallery area which is under the new extensions that has a good free to access viewing area on the 10th floor.

Some other good free viewing spots, the Sky Garden (need to book though and ignore the garden label), Primrose Hill and the Meridian line (GMT) at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

Nearby there is Tower Bridge, which was originally steam powered a classic example of the marvel of engineering, maybe time it for a bridge lifting: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/lift-times/.

Maybe extend the Thames Clipper trip to beyond for the Thames Flood Barrier or take a dedicated cruise. The cable car mentioned previosuly goes over the Thames between North Greenwich and Royal Victoria (Royal Docks were the largest enclosed docks in the world). At North Greenwich is the O2 dome arena, one of the largest building volumes in the world and you can walk inside and get up close with the tent-like structure.

Maybe take an Overground train between Shadwell or Wapping and Rotherhithe, Wapping and Rotherhithe stations ooze Victorian engineering a feeling you dont really get on the rest of the network. The Thames rail tunnel here (can no longer walk along it) was Worlds first tunnel under a river and where the "tunnelling shield" was first used. There is a small Brunel museum regarding it at Rotherhithe (plus the Mayflower pub where the Mayflower ship was built and launched).

Other obscure railway stuff is the old underground postal railway which you can now ride, but need to book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London...Office_Railway

The regeneration of the 2012 Olympic Site at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its sports facilities which has had a lot of new housing might be worth checking (Athletes Village "East Village" is run as rental unit by a single company quite unusual in the UK http://www.eastvillagelondon.co.uk/.

A new "super sewer" is being built under London to bolster Bazalgettes classic sewer engineering see https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=2120742. The Victoria Embankment (North Side) walk e.g. from Westminster or Embankment stations and head East along the river, are the visible side of his original structure (at Somerset House you can see how the building used to sit on the River edge with boat access). His statue is near the Golden Jubilee footbridge (Hungerford bridge) over the Thames as is one of the main access sites for the new tunnel with some info on its hoardings. This bridge or Waterloo bridge is a good access point between the South bank and North bank, certainly walkable from your hotel at London Bridge.

Not sure how geeky you want to go!
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Visit to the (free) Museum of London is a good start for an overview and its sister site (MoL Docklands) in Canary Wharf when you are in that area. Visit the Building centre (just off Tottenham Court Road, near British museum) has a good "development" map of London and some details on projects. closed Sunday https://www.buildingcentre.co.uk

If you are interested in historic examples of materials and craft you might enjoy a visit to the V&A museum.

Some ideas for your interest in structures,

Navigating up the staircase between the inner and outer dome of St Pauls cathedral for the outside view from the Golden gallery is worth it.

Across the river is Tate Modern, a converted Oil Powered power station by the same architect as Battersea Power Station, you can still smell the oil in the "Tanks" gallery area which is under the new extensions that has a good free to access viewing area on the 10th floor.

Some other good free viewing spots, the Sky Garden (need to book though and ignore the garden label), Primrose Hill and the Meridian line (GMT) at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

Nearby there is Tower Bridge, which was originally steam powered a classic example of the marvel of engineering, maybe time it for a bridge lifting: https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/lift-times/.

Maybe extend the Thames Clipper trip to beyond for the Thames Flood Barrier or take a dedicated cruise. The cable car mentioned previosuly goes over the Thames between North Greenwich and Royal Victoria (Royal Docks were the largest enclosed docks in the world). At North Greenwich is the O2 dome arena, one of the largest building volumes in the world and you can walk inside and get up close with the tent-like structure.

Maybe take an Overground train between Shadwell or Wapping and Rotherhithe, Wapping and Rotherhithe stations ooze Victorian engineering a feeling you dont really get on the rest of the network. The Thames rail tunnel here (can no longer walk along it) was Worlds first tunnel under a river and where the "tunnelling shield" was first used. There is a small Brunel museum regarding it at Rotherhithe (plus the Mayflower pub where the Mayflower ship was built and launched).

Other obscure railway stuff is the old underground postal railway which you can now ride, but need to book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London...Office_Railway

The regeneration of the 2012 Olympic Site at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its sports facilities which has had a lot of new housing might be worth checking (Athletes Village "East Village" is run as rental unit by a single company quite unusual in the UK http://www.eastvillagelondon.co.uk/.

A new "super sewer" is being built under London to bolster Bazalgettes classic sewer engineering see https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=2120742. The Victoria Embankment (North Side) walk e.g. from Westminster or Embankment stations and head East along the river, are the visible side of his original structure (at Somerset House you can see how the building used to sit on the River edge with boat access). His statue is near the Golden Jubilee footbridge (Hungerford bridge) over the Thames as is one of the main access sites for the new tunnel with some info on its hoardings. This bridge or Waterloo bridge is a good access point between the South bank and North bank, certainly walkable from your hotel at London Bridge.

Not sure how geeky you want to go!

You guys are awesome. This kinda stuff is right up my alley

Thank you.
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Famous Victorian Greenhouse structures at Kew Gardens:

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/what...ens/palm-house

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/what...emperate-house
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p.s. BraddyBoy have a gander at the New London Model at the Building Centre in Store Street behind the British Museum (it's free).

https://www.buildingcentre.co.uk/exh...w-london-model
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