The Friday Photos: Clocking On, Clocking Off

TimW
By TimW Last edited 70 months ago
The Friday Photos: Clocking On, Clocking Off
Keeping tabs on Canary Wharf, by mcmillan.michael
Keeping tabs on Canary Wharf, by mcmillan.michael
A magnificent four-way clock in Waterloo Station, by jorarl
A magnificent four-way clock in Waterloo Station, by jorarl
8am in Balham and the platform's empty - must be the evening then, by dtelford
8am in Balham and the platform's empty - must be the evening then, by dtelford
Anyone who has waited for a southbound train from Brixton will recognise this familiar sight, by mrdammcgowan
Anyone who has waited for a southbound train from Brixton will recognise this familiar sight, by mrdammcgowan
Mid-afternoon at Canary Wharf, by EmiliaZebra
Mid-afternoon at Canary Wharf, by EmiliaZebra
And one of those clocks up-close, by simonfcooper
And one of those clocks up-close, by simonfcooper
St Mary's Church, Islington, by peterphotographic
St Mary's Church, Islington, by peterphotographic
A fine clock on the old Daily Telegraph building on Fleet Street, by PastLondon
A fine clock on the old Daily Telegraph building on Fleet Street, by PastLondon
St Mary Hill - now overshadowed by the Shard, by mattomatto
St Mary Hill - now overshadowed by the Shard, by mattomatto
And finally...  the Olympic clock itself in Trafalgar Square, snapped back in February, in Fe, by alistairj
And finally... the Olympic clock itself in Trafalgar Square, snapped back in February, in Fe, by alistairj

In a city that moves at speed, the clock is king. Or something like that.

London is a place of many fine public timepieces. From church spires and railway stations to shiny corporate developments, a big, bright clock face is never far away.

This selection of images shows off some of London's finest clocks, although not its most famous: Big Ben. In the classic corner, there are some cracking clocks, including a chunky four-way in Waterloo station, a graffiti-covered turret in Brixton and the grand clock on the side of the old Telegraph building on Fleet Street.

Of contemporary examples, the Canary Wharf clocks stand shoulders above the rest. This imposing sculpture, by German designer Konstantin Grcic, is an iconic part of the business district.

With thanks to Londonist Flickr pool contributors: dbtelford, EmiliaZebra, PastLondon, alistairj, peterphotgraphic, mattomatto, simonfcooper, mcmillan.michael, mrdamcgowan and jorarl.

Last Updated 27 April 2012

Jeremy

Should include the Bethnal Green clock