Walking through a tiny path to the church modelled on the Templars church of Jerusalem I found a piece of calm behind the hub of central London. The river fleet ran along side this location. London began at a convenient width of river Thames, not so narrow boats cannot pass through and not so wide a bridge cannot be built to join North and South. This is a similar logic to the setting up of Rome on the river Tiber. The dome of St Paul’s however takes its inspiration from Florence. Modern art dotted around the city, the sculpture above by Anthony Gormley reminds that geology is constant. Our need to find a way to mark our passage through this tidal city is another constant. The early churches date back to the Saxons, in the 12th Century London had 126 to glorify God. However it is the Roman wall that even to this day defines London. With the port of Dowgate near the river where the wine was brewed, the mosaic floors found at Leadenhall and the traces of the central temple to the god of Light Mithras at Cornhill, the flow of light defines London. Captured by Turner, Canaletto and the iPhones of those walking along the embankment. All of human life is here. A true city.
Recent London Poetry walk featured in Conde Nast Traveller