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20 Fenchurch Street From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 20 Fenchurch Street 20 Fenchurch Street, City of London.jpg Artist's impression of 20 Fenchurch Street within the City of London and The Pinnacle in the background (left) General information Status Under construction Location London, United Kingdom Construction started 2009 Estimated completion March 2014 Height Roof 160 m (525 ft) Technical details Floor count 34 (plus three-storey 'sky gardens') Design and construction Architect Rafael Viñoly Developer Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group Structural engineer Halcrow Yolles Main contractor Canary Wharf Contractors

The previous building on the site, as seen from the Monument. 20 Fenchurch Street is a commercial skyscraper under construction on Fenchurch Street in central London. It has been nicknamed The Walkie-Talkie and The Pint because of its distinctive shape.[1] Upon completion in 2014 the building will be 160 m (525 ft) tall with 37 storeys. Costing over £200 million, it is designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and will feature a highly distinctive, top-heavy form which appears to burst upward and outward. A large viewing deck and 'sky gardens' will be included on the top three floors; these will be open to the public. The tower was originally proposed at nearly 200 metres tall but its design was scaled down after concerns about its visual impact on the nearby St Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. It was subsequently approved in November 2006. Even after the height reduction there were continued concerns from heritage groups about its impact on the surrounding area. The project was subsequently the subject of a public inquiry. In July 2007, this ruled in the developers' favour, and the building was granted full planning permission.[2] In their preliminary results for 2007, joint-developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group said 20 Fenchurch Street would be completed in 2011, however in 2009 this date was pushed back to 2014.[3][4] It is one of a number of new tall buildings for the City of London financial area; others include The Pinnacle, the Leadenhall Building, and an as yet unnamed project at 52-54 Lime Street. Several insurance companies have agreed to become tenants of 20 Fenchurch Street upon its completion.

The brown building is Minster Court From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mincing Lane Mincing Lane.jpg Looking north up Mincing Lane, with Minster Court on the right and 30 St Mary Axe in the background Length 0.1 mi (0.2 km) Location City of London, UK North end Fenchurch Street To Great Tower Street Mincing Lane is a short one-way street in the City of London linking Fenchurch Street to Great Tower Street. Its name is a corruption of Mynchen Lane - so-called from the tenements held there by the Benedictine 'mynchens' or nuns of St Helen's Bishopsgate (from Minicen, Anglo-Saxon for a nun; minchery, a nunnery).[1] It was for some years the world's leading centre for tea and spice trading after the British East India Company successfully took over all trading ports from the Dutch East India Company in 1799. It was the centre of the British opium business (comprising 90% of all transactions), as well as other drugs in the 18th century.[2] It is mentioned in chapter 16 of Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend, where it is briefly described: "[Bella] arrived in the drug-flavoured region of Mincing Lane, with the sensation of having just opened a drawer in a chemist's shop." In 1834, when the East India Company ceased to be a commercial enterprise, and tea became a 'free trade' commodity, tea auctions were held in the London Commercial Salerooms on Mincing Lane. Tea merchants established offices in and around the street, earning it the nickname 'Street of Tea'.[3] A notable building is the livery hall of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers. The current building, opened in 1958, is the sixth to stand on the site; the fourth was burnt down in the Great Fire of London and the fifth was destroyed during the Blitz of World War II.[4] A modern landmark partly bounded by Mincing Lane is Plantation Place, completed in 2004, and its sister building Plantation Place South.

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Suzi in Oregon on September 19, 2013

Twist and Shout! I've been enjoying this London Tour, dear Sir Nick, taking my time to eye all the details and the reflections. We're having fine weather as well, in between occasional and much needed moisture. The coming Autumn is giving us a preview, with calmer days and cooler nights - the air and light are changing. Beautiful images/series. Happy hugs, dear one (O:

Nick Weall on September 20, 2013

Suzi in Oregon ~ A very good morning to you dearest LTM ~ We have suffered mainly dull wet weather for the past couple of weeks, so I was lucky to enjoy a clear sunny morning when I went down to London. I'm glad that you have enjoyed my little tour and thanks for your compliments ~ Have you watched any of the Americas Cup racing on TV ~ exciting stuff ~ I'm off to work in a few minutes ~ So I wish you a wonderful weekend ~ Autumn hugs ~ GW

Suzi in Oregon on September 20, 2013

I rarely watch TV, dearest GW, but I will check the schedule. I just looked at the AC website and viewed some photos, I'll have to see it on YouTube - tomorrow's race is not available on the few channels we get. I'll check again when the 10/7 schedule is available. Go Oracle! Happy weekend (O:

Nick Weall on September 20, 2013

Suzi in Oregon I have only managed to see replays on the i.player which is not the best way of seeing things. Maybe this weekend I can find it on TV too. I tink there is a programme on BBC2 on sundays. Oracle is clinging on by her finger nails, you must forgive me but I hope the Kiwis win the cup, but the longer the fight goes on the better, especially as we have Sir Ben Ainslie on the Oracle team ~ just remember though that the Kiwis only need one more win! Hugs and fishes ~ GW

Suzi in Oregon on September 21, 2013

I picked the Oracle team only because it is a local business in my old stomping ground, Silicone Valley, San Jose, CA, and because I like the name. I chose before I saw anything, and I am completely ignorant of these famous races. I watched parts of races 1,2 today. Not unlike me to pull for the underdog, ignorance not withstanding. It is exciting, even to a non-follower. Thanks for making me aware, dearest GW - hugs (O:

Nick Weall on September 21, 2013

Suzi in Oregon Well you have picked a good team ~ there is now nothing much to choose between the performances of these two giants battling to win.

Ben Ainslie is a real fighter too and never gives up. You could not ask for a better man calling tactics

link to Ben Ainslie info

Incredible speeds are being achieved too

Hugs and best fishes ~ GW

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