Stunning interiors and a jaw-dropping mix of architecture are what make London so exciting, these are my favourite inspiring bits of art and architecture!

Art and Architecture

  • New West End Synagogue - Open House Festival 2023 Recommendations

    What to See at Open House Festival 2023

    Open House Festival 2023 is 6-17 September and there are hundreds of London’s unusual and inspiring buildings to visit (some of which are only open to the public for Open House). As ever, there’s so much to choose from and sift through so I’ve done......

  • Visit Buckingham Palace | Special Coronation Exhibition | Look Up London

    Visit Buckingham Palace | Special Coronation Exhibition

    Last week I was invited to a preview of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. As you probably know, it’s the official London residence of the King and typically members of the public can book to see inside the State Rooms each summer. As this......

  • Hospital Chapel, St John and St Elizabeth, St John's Wood

    The Stunning Chapel Hidden in a London Hospital

    St John and St Elizabeth Hospital in St John’s Wood might seem just like any other private hospital. However, open one door along a corridor and you’re in for a treat. You appear to have stepped into Rome! The chapel was built between 1862-3 and......

  • Young V&A, Bethnal Green | Look Up London

    History of the Young V&A, Bethnal Green

    The Young V&A (formerly the Museum of Childhood) in Bethnal Green isn’t just a fabulous museum, its building also has a fascinating history to tell. Travelling back 350 years or so, Bethnal Green was a popular suburb for London’s upper classes. There were some large......

  • The FANY Memorial on St Paul's, Knightsbridge

    The FANY Memorial on St Paul’s, Knightsbridge

    On the wall of St Paul’s Knightsbridge, there’s a surprising war memorial where all the names are women. It remembers the members of the Women’s Transport Service (later known as FANY). History of FANY The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry was founded back in 1907. It......

  • Oriental Club Staircase | Look Up London

    Inside Stratford House

    Set back from busy Oxford Street is Stratford Place and at the very end you can find Stratford House, the beautiful building that’s now home to the Oriental Club. The club has only been here since 1962 but the history of the building (and the......

  • Sambourne House | A Victorian Time Capsule

    Sambourne House | A Victorian Time Capsule

    I was recently invited to a preview of Sambourne House, the family home of Linley Sambourne. You can find it at 18 Stafford Terrace and by stepping inside you enter a Victorian Time Capsule. Meet Linley Sambourne Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) was an illustrator and......

  • Open House London 2022 | Look Up London

    What to See at Open House Festival 2022

    Open House Festival 2022 runs until 21 September this year so there’s even more time to visit London’s unusual and inspiring buildings (some of which are only open to the public for Open House). As ever, there’s so much to choose from and sift through......

  • History of Eltham Palace | Look Up London

    History of Eltham Palace | Greenwich’s Other Royal Palace

    Eltham Palace is a bit of a mad place, full to bursting with strange juxtapositions and quirky details. Here are some of my favourite discoveries from a recent visit...

  • Open House Highlights 2021 | Old Bailey

    The Best of Open House London – 2021 Highlights

    Inside the Old Bailey, a sublime synagogue and behind the scenes at Museum of London's Smithfield. Some 2021 Open House London highlights......

  • Open House London

    What To See At Open House London Festival 2021 (That Hasn’t Already Sold Out)

    Hundreds of London buildings are available to snoop around on 4-5 September 2021 (for free!) Here are my recommendations...

  • The Library (c) Westminster Abbey London

    Go Behind the Scenes at Westminster Abbey

    I often give private tours in Westminster Abbey, but this was a real treat to go to the areas not usually accessible!...

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