Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024

I have been up the Shard and visited the Monument.  Both buildings have their charm and give unparalleled views of the London skyline.  I have seen Westminster and beyond from the London Eye where your excitement builds as the wheel slowly turns.  Eeventually when you reach the pinnacle of the journey, you have a super view of the Houses of Parliament and the Southbank where cars and trains move around like they are part of a model village.  There are many others that I have been fortunate to visit over the years and all provide an assortment of bird eye views of London.  Do I need to visit another high-rise viewing platform?  

Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
It is a long way down.
Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
Diagonal lines created by the sun streaming into the viewing area.
Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
Walking away from the view.

My recent visit to London was to undertake a planned photowalk organised by my photo-colleague Peter Thompson, that would take in the Regent’s canal and Shoreditch.  We covered most of the itinerary during the day. We were nearing the finish and about to reward ourselves with a cup of tea before heading off for our trains home.  We had walked the streets and towpaths of London and my feet were hurting.  I was weary.  Peter Thmpson suggested Horizon 42 as our final place to visit before that much needed cup of tea.   I was not sure what to expect from another high rise viewing platform.  Visiting the viewing platform is free but demand for tickets on the Internet is high.  Arriving at the entrance door to the building, the sign display indicated that tickets  were available.  A quick visit of the Horizon42 web site on my iPhone followed by downloading of the tickets, and we were through security and taking the ear popping lift to the summit. 

Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
The view with the Shard and the walkie talkie building.
Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
The view west
Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
Looking east – Canary Wharf.

The Horizon22 viewing platform is simple but effectively designed.  There are split level floors and there is little to no décor on the white painted walls.  This maximises the light reflections and creates few distractions when taking and reviewing your picture taking.  Looking down from the upper platform, I noticed how the sun streams into the area creating shadows.  People are free to move around the spacious area and interact with the large windows that are present.  The day I went the weather was clear and the London landmarks were easy to spot.  The viewing platform looks out over Tower Bridge and the Shard.  I was able to see Canary Wharf and other places quite clearly.  I had my polarising lens cover on my Fujifilm x100v which minimised but did not completely eliminate the reflections in the glass from the strong sunlight.  In spite of this my pictures turned out well and I appreciated the view in between using my camera.

Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
Looking East – Tower Bridge.

I enjoyed my visit to Horizon22,  the experience was good and I found the attendants to be pleasant and helpful.  I was not allowed to take my mini tripod up to the top but the security ensured that it was carefully looked after and I picked it up on my exit.

There is a photography bonus in the plaza as you exit the building.  You are able to  look up to the top of the building which makes for a good picture composition.

Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
Looking up at Horizon22
Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
Talking skyscrapers
Horizon22, Bishopsgate. London, March 2024
Taking time out for a phone call.

Would I recommend going up Horizon22? Definitely! The skyscraper is probably a better experience than the Shard which requires the purchase of tickets.  In comparison Horizon22 is completely free and a link to the website is below.


Having read my blog then you may find my account of 103 Colmore row in Birmingham interesting. Another viewing platform in yet another skyscraper.

Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.

London Times is a short series of photographic blogs that record a recent visit to London. See more links at the end of the blog.

My appointment was at the Sandbox workspace, which was conveniently located near to the Millennium bridge.  This London landmark is a photographic challenge.  How do you take different pictures on this iconic bridge.  The answer is that it is very easy to do so as people are passing over the bridge all the time creating their own photographic moments.  I scouted around the underneath of the bridge and took a few pictures of tourists moving around above.  

Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.
Approaching the Bridge.
Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.
Tourists from above.
Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.
Underneath the bridge.

Then I went to the south part where the two pedestrian walkways split and provide a pleasing symmetrical photograph.  As I expected there were too many photographers in this area although taking photographs of photographers is a fun pastime.  

Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.
Those photographers LOL.

On the bridge I took a few pictures and then I moved back to the picture sweet spot to try and take some more pictures.  Again more photographers!  It was time to cross the main part of the bridge and I took a cool panoramic view of the Thames towards Tower Bridge.  Then I started to focus on St Paul’s Cathedral which was framed by the northern part of the millennium bridge.  London always has something to photograph and you are never lost for subjects.  Both the people and the buildings are super subjects and I hope you agree when you see my photographs.

Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.
The bridge is a popular crossing point.
Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.
A panorama from the middle of the bridge.
Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.
Framing St Paul’s Cathedral.
Millennium Bridge, London, November 2023.
Flowers are still around St Paul’s cathedral.

Here are more pictures from my “London Times” series.

I travelled down to London to undertake a PhD examination viva for an academic colleague and friend.  I planned to arrive an hour early as the venue was Kings College.  The area between Kings College and the Shard has become very photogenic.  It is a mixture of new buildings and old buildings.  Many of the older buildings have been repurposed and turned into shops and restaurants.  The day was cold but very bright with the sun shinning.  In spite of the harsh shadows it was possible to get some interesting pictures.  I had my Canon D4 and my trusty 24-105mm lens.  It is a heavy combination but it feels very comfortable in the hand.  I also used my iPhone Pro 11.  BBC London featured my picture of the Walkie Talkie with the Guns of HMS Belfast trained upon it.  

Shard and a bus
The shard between buildings
A range of architecture
More of the shard
When I worked in London the Shard was not there!

I walked past Hay’s Galleria onto City Hall then past Tower Bridge.  I had not visited the Shad Thames street before and found that interesting for photographing.

Playing in the water fountains
The Tower of London
Light and Shadow
Vista of Canary Wharf
Vista of the North Bank
Tower Bridge

The light created some great shadows for the landscape photography and there were many photographs that I was very happy with.  My hands were frozen by the time I reached the restaurant but it was well worth it.

Old Docklands
Criss cross pathways