While Tyrants Sleep: Photos of Canary Wharf at Night

Canary Wharf at night from Marsh WallThe East Wintergarden, Canary WharfOne Canada Square and the West WintergardenOne Canada Square: nearerWest India Docks from South Quay FootbridgeCanary Wharf walkway
Inside the West WintergardenThe back of Canary WharfOpulent foyer2:22 in Canary WharfIlluminated trees in Canary WharfDeptford butchers
The Deptford anchor

While Tyrants Sleep: Canary Wharf at Night, a set on Flickr.

On November 14, 2012, as I explained in my previous photo set, “Curious Insomnia: A Journey through Deptford and Millwall to Canary Wharf at Night,” I decided, at 1am, to cycle from my home in Brockley, in south east London, down through Deptford and Greenwich, and through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to the Isle of Dogs, where I cycled through Millwall, via the former docks and South Quay Plaza (and the DLR station) to Canary Wharf, the multi-towered financial centre and underground shopping complex that has been sucking the lifeblood out of the rest of London since it overcame its early wobbles under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and became a magnet for dodgy unregulated bankers and obsessive materialists during the reign of Tony Blair.

It is, in fact, a place which, as Owen Hatherley explained in an excellent article for the Guardian last year (which I also drew on here), is responsible for “the most spectacular expression of London’s transformation into a city with levels of inequality that previous generations liked to think they’d fought a war to eliminate.” Read the rest of this entry »

Shops, Ships and Union Jacks: Photos of a Surreal Tour Around Canary Wharf

The glass-domed roof of Cabot PlaceTiffany & Co.Patriotic lingerieSuits and flagsRow of flagsCanary Wharf escalators
The Olympic shopJubilee PlaceFlags and bagsThe glass ceilingShards of colourThe heart of Canary Wharf
Black and white swirlsThe cruise shipCanary Wharf from South Quay FootbridgeSouth Quay Footbridge and Canary WharfThey dwarf usMirrors and reflections
The Dutch clipperThe playground of the super-richThe MS DeutschlandBeautiful hullKids playing in the ThamesThe Isle of Dogs beach

Shops, Ships and Union Jacks: A Surreal Tour Around Canary Wharf, a set on Flickr.

This photo set — the 60th in my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike — is the last in a series of five sets recording a journey I made one sunny day in July, from my home in south London, through New Cross and Bermondsey by bike, across Tower Bridge, and up through Shadwell to Commercial Road, which I followed — with many fruitful deviationsalong its whole length, to the junction where West India Road bears off towards Canary Wharf, and Commercial Road becomes East India Road.

As my camera battery had run out, but I couldn’t bear not having a working camera, I decided to find one in Canary Wharf, which was more difficult than I expected, as the shop I needed was some distance from where I parked my bike, through a series of shopping malls whose scale surprised me, as they now constitute another city entirely. Read the rest of this entry »

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