107 Charing Cross Road, formerly Central St Martins - and location of the Sex Pistols first gig - now flagship store of Foyles bookshop. The store moved from their longstanding location, where they were based for over a century, to their current 1930s building in 2014.
While cycling past recently, I noticed how striking the light was on the the upper windows, as well as the art deco architecture, and was compelled to come back and draw. I set up directly opposite the building, on a slightly drizzly day, under the canopy of a local Soho massage establishment. They didn't seem to mind me drawing outside fortunately, and the partial covering helped keep most of the weather off. If you look closely at the brickwork in the picture you can see little specks of rain in the watercolour.
As interesting as the building is, I think the people going about daily life under the lights of the shopfront were as engaging to draw in a way - waiting for buses, browsing books, hurrying past each other. For me personally, I feel that people are often what make an architectural scene interesting to draw, as they give context and a human element to the subject matter.
This picture is now available as a limited edition, signed giclée print, and is on my Etsy shop here if you are interested. The original watercolour and ink drawing is also available - please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like details.