London Wall

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Alban Gate, London Wall

Nowadays, London Wall is the name of a four-lane highway that speeds traffic east and west through the city and divides the Barbican precint (to the north) from the area surrounding the Guildhall (to the south). However, the name is derived from the real London Wall, built nearly twenty centuries ago to enclose the original Roman city. This modern road, surrounded by opulent office blocks and the trappings of corporate wealth, follows the exact course of the original city wall. Up until as recently as 350 years ago, everything to the north (to the right of the pictures above) was just fields.

Aldermanbury Square; Alban Gate from Wood Street; One London Wall

One London Wall

London Wall and its surrounding lanes are rapidly turning into a showcase for modern London architechture. Among the buildings you see here are Alban Gate, the newly completed Aldermanbury Square, and the beautuful curved glass of Norman Foster's One London Wall.

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This page last updated 25th January 2008