I miss the Indian sunshine. Waking up to sunlight and bright colours was good for my soul. There is too much grey in London. Grey skies, dull rain, grey buildings, grey streets, and dull clothes. Even when the weather forecast gives us “sunny intervals”, the sunshine doesn’t filter down to ground level where I live.
So the solution is to look up. Last week I found some sunshine and blue skies above the clock on the Lever Building, a recently-redeveloped office building on Clerkenwell Road.
The next building with the cool balconies looks more like my imagined version of New York than London. Unfortunately I don’t know how to get to it. I hadn’t walked far from Clerkenwell Road towards Bloomsbury, so I was probably standing somewhere near Gray’s Inn Road, but I can’t pinpoint it more accurately.
I do know the next one – this terrace is at the back of 200 Gray’s Inn Road. And the sky really was this blue, in one of the few sunny intervals. But I think I need to become a reporter for ITN (Independent Television News) to get access to the terrace.
Maybe it would be easier to ask for a haircut, to see if that gets me up onto the next roof.
(Actually no – it turns out that the advert for “Dad’s” was part of a public art project; and the salon, if it still exists, isn’t in that building, as I learned from another WordPress blog).
Hope you’ve got some sunshine where you live.