I needed to go to the city today and enjoyed the splendid experience of seeing St Paul's Cathedral as clean and spruce as the day it was consecrated.
The building sits in a strange relationship to Ludgate Hill, possibly because Wren did not get his way to redesign and straighten out the ancient City street pattern. So there is nowhere that you can stand back and view the West front on axis.
But I think that makes the whole composition far more dynamic. As you walk by there is an ever changing ballet of turrets, spires and domes. This changing juxtaposition is actually far more thrilling that the much more static axial approach to St Peter's in Rome, which was Wren's inspiration.