If you get down from the Tower Bridge towards the St. Catherine Docks - you'll find this sundial in front of The Tower Hotel. The area inside the harbor is so beautiful and I almost missed it if my youngest brother wouldn't have been the guide. This sundial is outside the dock area right beside the river. However you can enter the harbor area from here, it's quite elegantly planned with colorful flower baskets hanged on all light posts beside the walkway. The harbor is surrounded by beautiful luxurious apartments (too good to take your sleep away); and at the harbor on the water all the fancy and luxurious boats (Yatch) anchored in. There were some for sale too. You can enjoy the beauty, buy any yatch or envy the owners of those apartments as well as the yatchs.
This sundial was designed by Wendy Taylor and commissioned by Strand Hotels Limited in March 1973.
The sundial is one of man's oldest astronomical instruments. In this particular form, known as an Equinoctial Sundial, the dial is in the same plane as the earth's equator and the gnomon, or rod, is parallel to the axis of the earth pointing true north. The shadow of the gnomon moving across the dial indicates the time. In summer the shadow falls on the face of the dial, in winter on the inner edge.
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- Copyright: Faisal Huda (fhuda) (11)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): London on a shoestring [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-10-29 6:00