By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show – Samuel Johnson

So much is written about offices, all of it adding to the rich debate around the workplace challenges facing todays designers and workplace providers.

However, I would like talk about what goes on outside those buildings,  and specifically what is outside in London.

Thousands swarm into London every day, and then disappear into those wonderful and not so wonderful edifices that are todays workplaces – and that’s where they stay, save for the ritual exposure to the outside world when they need to get sustenance, that is where they stay. Some don’t even need to do that as everything they need is within the building

Many people have worked for years and sadly have never taken the opportunity to put on some walking shoes, open their eyes and see what is around them in the wonderful city that is London.

Why wouldn’t you want to take the time to walk around Lincolns Inn and marvel at buildings and the years of history they represent, or to wander away from the main streets of the West End into streets waiting to surprise you.

Walk down any side road or alley in the City of London and hundreds of years of history will confront you. The quaint, the gruesome, the uplifting and the just downright surprising eclectic mix of buildings are there for you to enjoy. Take time to look up, look around, and look ahead – take your head out of your smartphone, or use it to take some pictures to remind you to find out a little bit more about the place when you get back to your desk.

I have worked in London for 30 years, and there is always something different to explore, to learn about or to just enjoy, especially if you are prepared to walk. A great Saturday for my wife and I is just to come into London, get off the tube and just walk, and walk, and walk. Sometimes we use the wonderful City Walk Cards,  and many of these walks are short enough for you to do in that lunch break that you should really be taking!

“No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” — Samuel Johnson

(Here are a few pictures I have taken on my walks around London)



About Mark Catchlove

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