Following the Second World War, when much of London was destroyed by bombing, there were several schemes to rebuild the old City of London, which had suffered very badly in the Blitz. The 50s was the new age of modernism and many new prefabricated concrete monoliths were erected to urgently replace those that were destroyed. Ultimately, these and the high pedestrian walkways installed at the same time proved unsuited to urban life in the capital. The 1980s, and the rise of the City of London as a global financial hub facilitated the rebuilding of the area, glass and steel buildings erected to replace the old, that has continued unabated. The first building to exceed the 600 ft skyline was Tower 42, followed by many radical buildings that have earned nicknames such as The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Walkie-Talkie! The old City has expanded further east and now occupies a site once occupied by the old docks, home to 5 million square feet of office space.

Cost £225*

*Tour costs include my fee and are based on groups of up to 10 persons. They do NOT include admission to any of the sites, or travel costs. Mine are covered.

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