London I - Senate House Rooftop and Battersea Power Station

It was on Thursday whilst chilling on a local rooftop that fishbrain mentioned his plan of paying London another visit. My last trip there had seen a rather large number of failures and I still hadn't seen the city from above. As such this wasn't gonna be a difficult decision, I was gonna join him. Less than 24 hrs later and we topped out onto the roof of the Senate House.

The view didn't disappoint! With some distance between us and the city centre, the smaller roofs around us rose like steps towards the horizon and Europe's highest building, the shard. The big difference to Mancunian roofs was the shear size of the city. For miles all around us street lights and tower blocks were illuminating the night, reaching towards the sky.

The second destination of the night was Battersea Power Station:
Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal fired power station located on the south bank of the Thames.
Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II listed.

On our last visit we were only some 100 metres away from its outer shell but had run out of time. Retracing our steps, with dicky and Andrew B leading the way, we made it to our last hideout before the run across no man's land. Whilst waiting for the right moment the tiredness kicked in and tweek and myself shortly fell asleep, only to be woken up by a "go, go, go".

1 comment:

  1. That's a great view from senate house. How did you get on the roof? I study in the library occasionally and there's a window out from the 6th floor that's really tempting...