Funnily enough, this is not the view from my office. This week I glimpsed what it might be like to work for a grown up company in the city, when I accompanied a group of year five children to an ‘aspiration session’ with an insurance company based on the 29th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Talkie, 160m high). What fun it was to look down on what was once the tallest building in the area (the Lloyds Building, which seems tiny now at 95m high), and across at the iconic 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin, 180m), which is now dwarfed by the Leadenhall Building (225m).
It was great fun to watch the expressions on the faces of the 9 and 10 year olds as they looked out at the view (and enjoyed the generous hospitality of the hosts, Lancashire Insurance).
After the session we went to the very top of the building and had a look out from the Sky Garden. More fantastic views galore. It was interesting to note that one of our hosts had never been up there herself, despite working in the building for some years. She said she was usually ‘Too busy’. I guess seeing this view on a daily basis comes with a price.