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You never beat that first high

Story by January 31st, 2014

Kings reach tower was a 31 floor tower block on the south bank of the Thames. In 2013 development started and an additional 11 floors were planned to be added to the top of the existing tower. They also renamed it to the Southbank tower, although I prefer the original name.

Back in early 2014 I had barely ventured into London, it was like this mythical playground that only the elite could play in. I didn’t really consider myself capable or able to play the game at that level. Kings Reach tower changed that for good. I knew once I had sat at the top of that and admired the city laid out in front of me that life was never going to be the same again.

It’s quite magical sitting atop a 30+ story building at night in a city, the whole place is laid out in front of you like a painting and you can barely hear what’s going on below. It’s very peaceful in the right weather and the night we had picked for this was not too bad.


I had also only recently purchased my sigma 10-20mm lens and this was the first time I had used it in a place like this. At the time I was truely amazed at the results, although looking back of course they are not my best ever photos. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was enjoying it more than I was worried about taking photos.

The photo on the right is not quite as bad as it looks. I do remember Frosty having a right fit as I stepped over to sit on the edge and asked him to press my shutter a couple of times for me. He was definitely more nervous than I was. I actually love that photo, it’s still one of my favorites that I’ve taken on a London roof and is one of very few photos that I’ve actually had printed (as I write this for the website in late 2016.)


For the very reason that it changed my perspective on London as a city, this place will always be a bit special to me. I always look up at it whenever I’m nearby in the City and remember the feeling as I sat on top of it that night. I will never experience it in quite the same way again. It’s true what they say, you can’t beat that first high.