The Shard dominates the south bank between Tower Bridge and Southwark Bridge. Whatever other feelings it may inspire it is also useful if, like me, you like to learn an area by getting thoroughly lost in it, and then need to find your way back.
In it shadows you can find odd moments like this where any number of interpretations of angular shapes collide. This is in the little cut through from the north end of Borough Market to Hays Galleria. The Shard is of course ever present.
With this handy reference point I have started to learn my way around Bermondsey. Perhaps not something a Finchley boy should admit to.
Back on the civilised side of the river and looking back at the Mayoral Folly, More London Place, and it.
London is a city that is continuously evolving, I love seeing old buildings being brought back into use, and also the glimpses of the past that remain painted on odd corners.
I used to look across the river everyday at Bankside Power Station while I was at school, it was a desolate sight. It is now the Tate Modern, and people throng the tree lined walkways around it.
Another view of this landmark from Travel with Intent here.
And if you wander round the slowly gentrifying back streets of Southwark, you can still see the signs of its previous lives.
Even out in the open we are crowded, boxed by unseen eyes, every step recorded and cast in stone.