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A Green Gem by the Gherkin

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Monday, September 20, 2021, In : Architecture 

Hidden away in Bury Street, by the Gherkin, in the north east of the City is Holland House, one of Europe’s most important buildings. It may well be the first on the Continent to be constructed on a steel frame.


It was built in 1914-16 by the Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage for the Kroller-Mullers shipping company. Berlage had been deeply influenced by a visit to the US in 1911, especially by Frank Lloyd Wright.


The surface is decorated with green tiles, giving a highly distinctive app...


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Drawing London's Buildings

Posted by Hazel Baker on Sunday, February 28, 2021, In : Podcast 
In episode 45 we talk to architect and artist Christian Coop about his inspiration for drawing London's buildings.
You can follow Christian on instagram here
I have also added a selection on places we mention in the podcast. Enjoy:
Elizabeth Tower, Westminster
Tower Bridge, from the foreshore
Westminster Abbey, Westminster
Woolwich Town Hall, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Queen Anne Gate, St James

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Lockdown Street Art – A Tribute To The NHS

Posted by Susan Baker, City of London Tour Guide on Friday, August 14, 2020, In : Art 

Lockdown has been such a strange time for us all but there has been so much culture available to us online.  However, the other day whilst making my way through the back streets from the South Bank to Waterloo Station I came across a physical example of what has been produced.  A celebration of the heroes of our time – the NHS - through street art.


Under the railway bridge between Waterloo and Waterloo East is this tribute - the NHS as Superman - by Lionel Stanhope. He trained as a sign writ...


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Visit Eltham Palace

Posted by London Guided Walks on Friday, August 7, 2015, In : Day Trips 
Eltham Palace has had an interesting life being once an important royal palace and being the home of King Henry VIII and his siblings to being occupied by Army Educational units until 1992. With being so easy to get to from Central London Eltham Palace is certainly an English Heritage site certainly worth visiting. 

The building is a concoction of various inspirations such as Christopher Wren's Hampton Court Palace, Trinity College's library and 1930s ideals. The interior is defined with each ...
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Inside Unilever House

Posted by London Guided Walks on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, In : Local History 
100 Victoria Embankment aka 'Unilever House' is not what it may seem.

From its external appearance it’s a curved 1930's building. What’s not so evident is that inside it has been transformed, giving it a new lease of life. Unilever House was RIBA Award Winner in 2009.

Unilever had briefed Bovis Lend Lease and Stanhope and architects KPF and Pringle Brandon to transform their work place and their exposure to the public. Considerations needed to be made in order to keep the best from the past...

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The Gherkin: Open House Weekend

Posted by London Guided Walks on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, In : Hidden 

The Gherkin: Open House Weekend Wrap-Up

The Gherkin was one of the buildings I first connected with when I moved to London. Completed in 2003 at a cost of £130m, alongside Tower 42 the Gherkin boldly stood out of the known skyline, a skyline which now seems littered with skyscrapers with nicknames of inanimate objects such as the ‘Cheesegrater’ and ‘Walkie Talkie’.  London’s skyline has the ‘Boomerang’ and ‘Scalpel’ to look forward to next.

 
Photo of London Skyline, 2003

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Spriggan in Crouch End

Posted by London Guided Walks on Saturday, September 13, 2014, In : Art 

Spriggan, a guardian of abandoned ruins in Crouch End

Spriggans, a guardian of abandoned ruins in Crouch End

The sculpture depicts a Spriggan - a mythical creature, usually of rather ill disposition, which is said to be a guardian of abandoned ruins, barrows and buried treasures. Sometimes Spriggans would even steal human children and leave their own ugly offspring behind, so be on guard if out walking with your kids!

This particular Spriggan is a work of an internationally acclaimed London-base...

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Hampstead Village Highlights - A Guided Walk

Posted by London Guided Walks on Friday, September 12, 2014, In : Guided Walks 

Hampstead Village has a rich history of intellectual and artistic associations and, of course, Hampstead Heath. With Hampstead having attracted the rich and famous over the last two centuries it's not surprising there are plenty of historical plaques which show a glimmer of its glamorous inhabitants.

This guided walk starts at Hampstead Tube station (Northern Line). There will also be a post walk drinks option too. The terrain does have a few inclines (Hampstead is on a hill you know). Ther...


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A brief history of Barnsbury, London

Posted by London Guided Walks on Monday, September 1, 2014, In : Local History 

Where does the name Barnsbury come from?


The name ‘Barnsbury’ comes from the de Berners family, which owned the medieval manor that occupied the site until the early C16th. The Manor of Barnsbury (also called Bernersbury or Iseldon Berners) was held in 1086 by Hugh de Berners.


Who owned The Manor of Barnsbury?

The Berners family retained the manor until 1502 when it was sold to a Merchant, Thomas Fowler. He passed the manor on to his son Edmund (d 1560) who left it to his son Sir Thomas (d 1...


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