Friday, 27 February 2015

London Observations: Beautiful Buildings


   Second only to Paris, London is one of my favourite cities for its culture and beauty. It has become a hub of modern innovation, juxtaposed with examples of stunning innovation from eras gone by.

   London is not characterised by any particularly architectural style, so its mish-mash of silhouettes, materials and colours fuse together to produce a truly unique city-scape, rich in the beauty formed by the ideas of many different creative souls.

   Pictured above are Somerset House, Christopher's Grill in Covent Garden, and St Paul's Church (also in Covent Garden).

  Somerset House was designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776 as a grand public building which housed various learned societies, including the Royal Academy and The University of London. Originally a quadrangle, the east and west wings were not completed until 1856.

   Christopher's Grill, a restaurant on Wellington Street which serves rather delectable American cuisine, is housed in a Grade II listed building which was, once upon a time, London's first licensed casino.

   St Paul's Church, Covent Garden's parish church, was commissioned in 1631 and has since been well-known for its association with theater. Nicknamed 'Actor's Church', many plays have been performed under its portico - and you'll often see street acts entertaining crowds just outside.
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  1. awesome photos, i want to go back to london so bad!

    xx danielle // shades of danielle

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    1. It's such a great capital city :) thank you, by the way!

      Jennifer x

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  2. Some great picks! London really does have some stunning buildings, and it's incredible how you can have a huge, stunning building often juxtaposing with the rest of the ultra modern cityscape!

    Rags of Love-Alternative London Fashion and Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you! Absolutely agree; London's so diverse in terms of architecture!
      Thanks for commenting :)

      Jennifer x

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