Last week, I was on the DLR looking out at great views of the place that runs the world’s money. It had been a few years since I was in the City, so I stopped to take a couple of quick shots. It still surprises me how much, and how little, this place impresses me.
I can’t think of any faults. There is a convenient small airport, good modern buildings, great links to trains and tube, good roads, a small park, restaurants and malls. You feel the efficiency cutting through all types of waste – and this impresses me. But I can’t ignore the lack of flavour and character. It feels very plastic and cold. That doesn’t really matter though – since this place is only home to a bunch of bankers.
Speaking of cold, it was way below cold. The temperature was -6°c early morning. This attractive small marina in a near-by residential block had a thick layer of ice on top.