Monday, 15 October 2012

Featured Photo: Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

I have a confession to make – I’m a little bit confused.  Every tour I’ve been on before has said that the building on the far left above, the one with the pointed roof, is Canary Wharf and that the general area is simply named Canary Wharf after this building and its proximity to Canary Wharf tube station. 

Well, it seems like that is a bit of an urban legend.  That particular building is called One Canada Square which used to be Britain’s tallest building until The Shard took that title in mid-November 2010. 

Canary Wharf in fact refers to the entire business district, of which over half is owned by the Canary Wharf Group.  For the longest time I really wanted to work in Canary Wharf but I think I’m happy where I am for now.  I’m just not naturally comfortable in tailored suits.

This photo was taken from a Thames Clipper three weeks ago.  In my opinion, the very best view of Canary Wharf at night is to be found at the steps down from the North Greenwich bus station to the drop off zone below.  One day I will capture that view.

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9 comments

  1. Emm, just let me know when you will be going to Poland:)

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  2. I will definitely let you know, Ola. It would be lovely to meet up.

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  3. I didn't know that either. I always feel that the whole cluster of buildings there looks weirdly unreal, I don't know why. Other office block clusters don't strike me that way. But it gives me a sort of shock when I see them..

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  4. I took out of town friends on a tour of my city and more than once when I pointed out a building on landmark, some stranger would correct me! I think I need an official guide to get it all down, as you have!

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  5. interesting!!!

    wonderful architectural photo, emm!

    big hugs~

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  6. Nice detective work, Emm! Night shots would be a great challenge. Bring them on soon! ;)
    Hugs from Ohio,
    I.

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  7. I love London lore and how a common word or name becomes used by one and all, when it is in fact incorrect. Also love London by night, very hard to photograph. Minerva x

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  8. @ Jenny: It kind of looks okay to me but I imagine that is because I have never seen it any other way. Well, not that I remember anyway.

    @ Marion: Ha ha! I always talk softly when telling people things for exactly that reason!!

    @ Ash: thank you!

    @ Betty: Thank you! I do love skyscrapers.

    @ Ivanhoe & Minerva: Agreed but I definitely think it could be helped if I bought a tripod. I'm learning that hand holding a camera at night is just a losing battle, especially in this cold weather!

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