When I arrived at Charing Cross on Saturday morning, I had an hour to kill before the meet up at Ping Pong. I decided to walk from Charing Cross station to Goodge Street and walked past Trafalgar Square (where they were setting up for the Chinese New Year celebrations) and up Tottenham Court Road.
You might wonder why I have no photos of that portion of the walk. Well, in 1993, I stayed with my uncle for three months in his flat on the corner of Old Compton Street and Tottenham Court Road. I can tell you now, there was no better place to be at 20 years old than in the dead centre of London and it was an amazing time. So I wasn’t taking photos when I walked up Tottenham Court Road; I was watching the ghosts of the past and observing the places where the Marquee Club and the London Astoria used to be. Thank goodness The Borderline is open in Manette Street otherwise I might have gotten very sad indeed!
So back to the subject of this post! I walked down Manette Street and past Soho Square, across Oxford Street and into Rathbone Place. I came to a fork in the road and had to carefully select the right road to take… I had to choose the one that would give me the best view of the BT Tower.
I love towers and buildings. I can’t really explain why because I had a fascination with tower blocks long before I worked in property management and construction. It was the first time I recall seeing the BT Tower and to me, it is just beautiful.
Mo from Fresh Eyes on London mentioned the other day that they had recently removed the satellites from the BT Tower, so maybe that is why it is looking so pretty? You can check out Mo’s 2008 photo of the BT Tower with the satellites still installed.
So what do you think? Striking, eye catching and impressive? Or just an eye sore?