London’s Fashion and Architecture

This year’s end has brought me to one of the most fashionable and architecturally conscious cities in the world, London.

I always wondered what was about London that every Londoner I met had such an exquisite taste for fashion and elegance. Now I get it. “The great thing about London is that it lives and breathes fashion. The street is still the best way to get a snapshot of London style.” – Todd Lynn

Classic look of Londoner even after a snow storm.

During the day and the beginning of the evening, people are reserved and practical, but the night brings the best of the best. Out in the streets you can admire women in high heels and coats and men  in fashionable trousers stepping on the ground with confidence and elegance. Once you enter a restaurant skin is exposed and silk dresses and shirts become the hot topic. Do not be surprised if their underwear reflects their style. No surprise London-based Agent Provocateur has proved to show why being the sexiest woman is priceless.

Fashion does reflect the city’s architecture which reflects history and modernity at the same time. Some structures such as the Tower of London have been alive since before the Great Fire of 1666.

Other buildings such as St. Paul’s Cathedral have been rebuilt four times after being devastated by the Great Fire. The first one  built in 886 and destroyed in the fire of 962. The second cathedral was begun in 962 and burnt, with the whole city, in the fire of 1087. The third  St Paul’s, known as Old St Paul’s, was begun by the Normans. Its built took over 200 years, and a great deal was lost in a fire in 1136. Thereafter, the roof was once more built, and by 1300 it was the third longest church in Europe with one of Europe’s tallest spires at 585 feet (178 m) long and 100 feet (30 m) wide.”Old St Paul’s” was gutted with the fire of 1666. Great Fire of London of 1666. While it might have been salvageable a decision was taken to build a new cathedral in a modern style instead. The current building was designed by one of the most famous architects in the history of England Sir Christopher Wren.

Old St. Paul's

St. Paul's on a winter afternoon

Skyscrapers are not famous in London as development building codes protect the views from St. Paul’s Cathedral. Nevertheless, you can see some tall buildings in central London such as the 30 St Mary Axe mostly known as the Gherkin by Sir Norman Foster.

View Towards Gherkin from top of The Monument.

Other notable modern buildings include  the Great Court of the British Museum also designed by Norman Foster.

Court at British Museum

Several monuments pay homage to people and events in the city such as The Monument by Sir. Christopher Wren which provides views of the surrounding area whilst commemorating the Great Fire of London which originated nearby.

The Monument

Nelson’s Column is a nationally recognised monument in Trafalgar Square, providing a focal point for the whole central area of London.

Nelson's Column

Trafalgar Square

Finally, I must say the most beautiful architectural icon of London Architecture and history is the Big Ben located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. It is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. The clock first ticked on 31 May 1859. And it served an honor to me by allowing me to hear the noon bells on December 17th 2010. Indeed an emotional moment for a lover of fashion and architecture in London.

Big Ben

Next blog post will exposed medieval towns in England’s midlands, so please stay tuned.

Merry Christmas to all.

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