In Pictures: On Top Of The Cromwell Tower, Barbican

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In Pictures: On Top Of The Cromwell Tower, Barbican
Four towers - Heron, Gherkin, Tower 42, and the rooftop of CityPoint in the foreground.
Four towers - Heron, Gherkin, Tower 42, and the rooftop of CityPoint in the foreground.
Frobisher Crescent, on the Barbican Estate. We've been here before.
Frobisher Crescent, on the Barbican Estate. We've been here before.
Looking down the stairwell.
Looking down the stairwell.
St Paul's bathed in light.
St Paul's bathed in light.
It's not very often you can take a photo of the whole of Clerkenwell.
It's not very often you can take a photo of the whole of Clerkenwell.
The view from below.
The view from below.
A view across the Barbican towards one of the other towers.
A view across the Barbican towards one of the other towers.
Four towers - Heron, Gherkin, Tower 42, and the rooftop of CityPoint in the foreground.
Four towers - Heron, Gherkin, Tower 42, and the rooftop of CityPoint in the foreground.
Frobisher Crescent, on the Barbican Estate. We've been here before.
Frobisher Crescent, on the Barbican Estate. We've been here before.
Looking down the stairwell.
Looking down the stairwell.
St Paul's bathed in light.
St Paul's bathed in light.
It's not very often you can take a photo of the whole of Clerkenwell.
It's not very often you can take a photo of the whole of Clerkenwell.
The view from below.
The view from below.
A view across the Barbican towards one of the other towers.
A view across the Barbican towards one of the other towers.

Love it, or hate it (and, increasingly, people court the former standpoint), the Barbican Estate certainly has presence. The great brutish complex of concrete and confusion took over 11 years to build, reoccupying land in the north of the City almost completely ravaged by the Blitz. The most visible sections are the three giant residential towers, whose sawtooth profiles have always threatened, but never quite achieved, iconic status on the London skyline.

Last week, we were given access to the rooftop of the earliest block - the Cromwell Tower. This highrise was completed in 1973, and soars 123 metres into the City skies. Clambering over elevator machinery and antiquated switch gear, we stumbled out onto the roof, just above the multimillion pound penthouses 42 storeys up.

The view, as you'd expect, is magnificent, with closeups of the ever-changing City skyline, panoramas of the Northern Heights and south to Crystal Palace, and teasing glimpses of the Thames, snaking through the urban sprawl.

Click through the gallery above for descriptions.

Last Updated 11 February 2010

jasonmarkwebber

a nice painting of the same view from 1977:

http://www.20thcenturylondon.o...

almostwitty

Is there any way of getting the St. Paul's image as one big enough to make my desktop wallpaper? It's truly amazing!

M@

Sure, all the images are on my Flickr pages. Here's a link to the St Paul's image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/l...

DannyGreenwood

great pics, that one of the stairwell gives me vertigo