Following on from my last post, here are some more delightful details, old and modern, found on buildings around Fleet Street and the Thames Path.
Firstly, this is a close-up of the magnificent portico of Fishmongers’ Hall. It’s such a grand building, with its fluted Ionic columns and pediment, for the guild of such an earthy, outdoorsy profession.
Keeping with the linear theme, the brightly coloured undersides of these balconies looked fantastic against the bright blue sky. I love the sharp lines they make across this image.
The next two are smaller details. The first is a swan on Vintners’ Hall (those guild halls are everywhere once you start looking). It’s a rather hidden detail stuck on the corner of the building, but seems to keep watch over the staircase which brings people up onto Southwark Bridge from the path below. The second is a classic architectural detail which appears all over London (and the rest of the UK) on buildings from a certain period; the pineapple.
Lastly, a building where I have spent many an uncomfortable working hour, The Old Bailey. Here you just see the gleaming golden statue of Justice, sword aloft, scales in hand, behind the modern offices in the foreground.