One New Change review
This is a great little place. You'll like this. And you'll like it even better if you're broke because it's free. But let's have a sit down in St. Paul's Churchyard first. Find the big column monument in the garden with St. Paul on top. Tourists are always taking photos of this column because it's got a bit of gold on top and they think it might be important, but it's just marking the spot of a long-gone preaching pulpit. Back in the days when the medieval St. Paul's was still standing this area was a bit like Speakers' Corner. The priests used to make incendiary speeches in the open-air about this and that, about morals, about our sinful society, about the king's stupid advisors, and several off them got carted off to the Tower of London for their troubles. If you try the same thing nowadays then people will just think that you're nuts. Your audience will be a bench full of builders and drivers, skivers, and people eating Pret A Manger sandwiches on their lunch break.
Walk to the end of the garden and round the back end of the cathedral. Can you see One New Change shopping centre over the road? There's a path straight through the middle of it which leads to a couple of lifts in the centre. Don't go up the escalator because you'll be missing the best bit -- ride a lift to the top floor and then step out onto the roof. How cool is that view!
The highlight is obviously St. Paul's over the road -- it's probably the best view of the dome from anywhere in London. You can also see The Shard across the river, the tall power station chimney of the Tate Modern, and Big Ben peeping through the middle of the London Eye.
If you want to test yourself then try and find Battersea Power Station, the Gherkin, and the top ten inches of the Globe (that's literally all you can see). The steeple of Southwark Cathedral is pretty easy if you know where to look, but if you can spot the top of Westminster Cathedral then you're doing very well. For top marks you need to spot the clock on the side of the Royal Courts of Justice.
This is another place where people come to have their lunch. They've put a few concrete benches on the roof and there's a couple of bars if you want a beer. But don't come when it's raining though, because you're fifty feet closer to the clouds up here.
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