About:"City of London"
By DaveLevy on Sep 24, 2004
One forgets one's home's grandeur
When I wrote the initial entry in this web log, I didn't mention that I work out of Sun's City office. This has been the case for the previous god knows how many years, both before and since joining Sun. I mention it now; its been an important part of my professional (and social life). The "City" is the name of London's financial district, the centre for banks, stock & commodity traders and the London insurance market. The markets consist of primary and secondary players and 'infrastructure' companies such as the exchanges, the couriers, regulators and policemen. The "City" is sometimes alternatively known as the Square Mile and surrounds the Bank of England. Over the years I have worked with and for many of the companies located here as both an Executive and Consultant. Many leading firms have moved out to Canary Wharf over the last few years and I've worked there too.
I have been at Sun since 1997 and worked in various incarnations of Sun Professional Services' city consulting team since then as contributor and boss. It seems to me that there are only a few of us left from the days I started, some have moved out to greater things, others what with the city being a field sales office have moved on to other companies. Sun's traditional strength has been with US based Equity market makers and brokers, the London market remains a stronghold for trading treasury, fixed income, FX and commodities, and major players in all these markets are Sun customers. It also remains a stronghold for commercial, marine and aviation insurance. All Sun's customers in these markets are served by teams working out of our City office, which is located near "the Monument". At times, I have really enjoyed a daily visit to the heart of Europe's leading "World" city, at other times the two hour commute is just wearying.
I really love central London and while browsing the web I have also discovered the following site http://www.skyscrapernews.com that displays & sells pictures of many London buildings, its sky line and it also hosts virtual exhibitions. While my camera (and my skill) are not sufficient to take skyline shots of London, Skyscraper News does. They have pictures to match New York's finest.