London is constantly evolving. People and buildings, all moving and changing. There are parts in the centre of the capital that I no longer recognise. In my school days I biked around the city on quiet Sundays, fascinated by the old buildings and alleyways of the city. There was a real feeling of stepping back in time.
There seems now to be a rush to change the architecture and the visual appearance of London. It seems to me that change is slowly chipping away. I’m not necessarily talking of buildings of great note but rather everyday shops and offices that have stood for many years. I’ve nothing against modern buildings I enjoy and marvel at Canary Wharf every time I’m there . I think it works extremely well where it is, I just don’t like to see similar buildings intrude into the City and the West End.
The one thing it seems to me that is constant and unchanging, architecturally, is that of London’s theatres. Some dating back to the 18th century, some much more recent. They always seem very solid, a foundation almost for London’s architecture. And they seem unlikely to change anytime soon. For me, they really come to life after dark, the spotlights and floodlights lighting up the buildings and posters, transforming them into something magical and, at the same time, mysterious. The vibrant colours leak into the darkness and mix with London’s neon adverts and red buses. They make London a different and exciting world after dark.