On Location - The Garden at 120

I recently wrote an article about a taking photos up at the Sky garden and how I wanted to get up high in London during 2019 and capture new views of the city so I was thrilled to hear of a new rooftop terrace opening up in the city and I had to pop by to take a look.

You can read the previous post I wrote about the Sky Garden here: PHOTOGRAPHING LONDON'S ROOFTOPS

Located on the 15th floor, just up the road from the Sky Garden is The Garden At 120 (Fenchurch Street). It was only open a couple of weeks at the time these photos were taken and although steadily growing in popularity there is still no need to book yet and you can just turn up at your leisure but his may well change so do check their website here.

I don’t always carry my larger camera (Fujifilm XT2) and lenses with me and on this particular day I had my ultra-light walk about kit which is my Fujifilm X-T10 and 35mm f2 lens so all of the photos below are taken with this set. See more about the gear I use in my post WHAT'S IN MY CAMERA BAG? (2019 EDITION). Although having only the 35mm lens limited me to one focal length, the wider f2 aperture was perfect to shoot through the glass as my focus was on the landscape beyond the glass and anything close to the lens was rendered invisible including any marks or dirt on the glass resulting in a cleaner image.

Enjoying the best light of the day and with the winter sun quickly setting, I wandered around taking in the 360° views and ended up capturing 3 or 4 compositions of the cityscape below. There are many more photos to take but I will have to pop back soon with my wide-angle and zoom lenses to get the best out of these.

A photo of Tower Bridge taken from Garden at 120 in London by Trevor Sherwin

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A photo of West London at St Pauls Cathedral taken from Garden at 120 in London by Trevor Sherwin

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A photo of 30 St Marys Axe aka The Gherkin taken from Garden at 120 in London by Trevor Sherwin

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A photo of Canary Wharf taken from Garden at 120 in London by Trevor Sherwin

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A photo of Tower Bridge and The Tower of London taken from Garden at 120 in London by Trevor Sherwin

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A photo of Canary Wharf taken from Garden at 120 in London by Trevor Sherwin

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A photo of Tower Bridge and The Tower of London taken from Garden at 120 in London by Trevor Sherwin

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A photo of West London and St Pauls Cathedral taken from Garden at 120 in London by Trevor Sherwin

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One thing to note before I wrap this post up is that at the time I visited, tripods were allowed up on the roof terrace. Not just the little ones but standard sized tripods. This is quite rare and for a photographer incredible refreshing. I spoke to the security guards there and their policy is that as long as they are kept off the glass, not too high near the top of the glass and not in the way of other people, they were happy to allow tripods…. for now. This policy may change and I suspect it probably will when popularity increases.

Until next time.