On The Roof Of The Cheesegrater

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By M@ Last edited 21 months ago
On The Roof Of The Cheesegrater

122 Leadenhall Street is an enigmatic building. Its 48 floors politely lean back, so as not to trouble sightlines of St Paul's from the west. Yet at its summit, the views rank among the best in the capital. To the east you can peer right over the top of the Gherkin and out along Whitechapel Road. South brings the tower's lofty playmates, the Walkie-Talkie and Shard. About-face to the north, and the Heron Tower's lifts zip to their zenith...but not quite so fast as the lifts in the Cheesegrater. While to the west, could anything be more magical than a sunset behind St Paul's cathedral?

The building's not open to the public unfortunately, but we got to have a peek at the roof in 2014, before it officially opened. Here's a quick glimpse at what's up there:

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Wimpy old Tower Bridge.
Wimpy old Tower Bridge.
The Gherkin, looking east to Whitechapel.
The Gherkin, looking east to Whitechapel.
Another gratuitous sunset shot.
Another gratuitous sunset shot.
Tower 42, once the capital's tallest building, is humbled.
Tower 42, once the capital's tallest building, is humbled.
The roof also contains this hopeful falcon's nest.
The roof also contains this hopeful falcon's nest.
To the south, the combo of Walkie Talkie and Shard looks a little bit like the Kaiser's helmet.
To the south, the combo of Walkie Talkie and Shard looks a little bit like the Kaiser's helmet.
Even the service ducts are beautifully designed, engineered and polished.
Even the service ducts are beautifully designed, engineered and polished.
One of the floorplates. This could be your boardroom.
One of the floorplates.
All fittings and systems have been individually designed rather than using off-the-shelf solutions.
All fittings and systems were individually designed rather than using off-the-shelf solutions.
A yellow-beam theme pervades throughout the public areas.
A yellow-beam theme pervades throughout the public areas.

Previously in our "some people invited us up onto their exciting roof" series.

Previously in the Cheesegrater

Last Updated 26 October 2016