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The Gleaming Spires of London - an armchair tour of London's finest buildings
Lecturer: Ian Swankie
Location: DESY Auditorium
In the next few years there will be over 200 buildings in London over 20 floors high. The capital boasts an extraordinary range of architecture and the city’s rich legacy and social history can be discovered through its buildings. Starting at the Norman Conquest and the White Tower and finishing over 900 years later at the cutting edge with The Shard, The Walkie-Talkie, and The Cheesegrater this talk reveals the evolution of London through its architecture. We’ll explore public buildings, churches, commercial developments and some surprising residences. We’ll also consider the impact of the rapidly changing London skyline.
A Londoner with a passion for art and architecture, Ian is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul's Cathedral, and gives regular tours at each venue. Also a qualified and active freelance London guide and a member of both the City of London and Westminster Guide Lecturer Associations. Clients include NADFAS and WEA groups, Transport for London, the National Trust and London Open House. In 2012 he established a weekly independent art lecture group in Richmond and gives talks on a variety of subjects.
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