London’s skyline gets the Manhattan treatment
Protecting London's best views
Architects aren't completely free– as the designers of the Cheesegrater found out. The building is triangular so that the dome of St Paul's isn't hidden from view. Rules are also in place to ensure the view of St Paul's from Parliament Hill in Hampstead, and from Hampton Court Palace, more than ten miles away, remain intact.
Tables and barstools with views
Office workers and bankers aren't the only ones who get to enjoy the views from up on high. New skyscrapers are required to have public spaces, even if these are pricey bars or restaurants. The Sky Garden atop the Walkie Talkie, and the View from the Shard are among the hottest venues in London right now.