education, community/cultural, library, online
Charles Holden, 1933
University of London, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU
London’s tallest secular building when it opened as the HQ of the University of London and home to the Ministry of Information during WWII, this Grade II* listed landmark features Classicism and Art Deco elements.
Russell Square, Goodge Street, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Road
7, 10, 24, 29, 68, 73, 134, 188
Designed by British architect Charles Holden, who is also credited with the design of many of London’s Underground stations, Senate House was created to house what became the world’s largest purpose-built University.
The landmark Art Deco building, which is one of the few buildings in London to boast original 1930s features, was the University’s first permanent home after a century of being housed in a series of temporary premises. King George V laid the foundation stone on 26 June 1933 and the building welcomed its first occupants in 1936.
Senate House, consisting of 19 floors and standing 210 feet (64m) high, was the tallest secular building in Britain on completion. It was constructed of the finest materials then available, including Portland stone, Travertine marble, English walnut and South American cypress. Acknowledged as a building of great architectural significance, it was listed as Grade II* in 1969.
During the Second World War, Senate House was home to the Ministry of Information and inspired George Orwell’s description of the Ministry of Truth in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Besides being an architectural gem and a literary landmark, Senate House is also subject to urban mystification – allegedly Hitler planned to install the headquarters of Nazi dominion in Britain in the building on Malet Street.
Senate House is also the home to the world-famous Senate House Library which holds one of the UK’s largest collections in arts, humanities & social sciences, with over 2 million books, 50 special collections & 1,200 archives. Senate House Library celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2021-22 with an online exhibition where you can explore some of its extraordinary treasures.
From late June 2022 until March 2023, Senate House Library, in partnership with Artangel, will be part of the World Weather Network, a constellation of weather stations imagined and operated by some 30 arts agencies from around the world. It forms a new artist-led global coalition in response to the climate emergency and biodiversity loss, presented through a website featuring the range of newly commissioned art works. While in Senate House Library, you can visit A Thousand Words for Weather, the sound installation specially commissioned for the project.
Big change can happen. Princes Circus and Alfred Place Gardens are the last two spaces to complete in Camden Council's award-winning West End Project. Both involve reclaiming road for people and for nature. Join for more on the journey.
LDA Design - Landscape Architect, 2023
Drop in / Guided tour
institution/profession, gallery, health
Grade II* listed building. Restored in 2012 to showcase magnificent Edwardian faience tile work, mosaic floor and other historic features in transformed modern surroundings that now provide the headquarters of the RCGP.
Arthur Beresford Pite, 1908
This tour will explore a working class view of Bloomsbury through the stories, famous names and classic British films associated with the neighbourhood over the past 60 years, with a special focus on theatrical, film and television personalities.
An enduring, distinctive feature of the London skyline for the last 54 years, this is a rare opportunity for members of the public to visit the famous revolving floor, 158m above the capital. After the flight the guests can watch a history of the BT Tower film in our auditorium.
Eric Bedford and G. R. Yeats, 1965
scientific, offices, institution/profession, health, museum
9 Fitzroy Square is the home of the British Cardiovascular Society. In addition to original architectural features, visitors will be able to view the BCS collection of objects illustrating the history of cardiology. Last entry 3.30 pm.
Robert Adam, 1794
Visitors will be led on a tour of GOSH's newest redevelopment site, the Sight and Sound Hospital featuring a sensory garden and bespoke artworks. Tours will continue to the beautiful and unexpected St Christopher's chapel in the main site.
Sonnemann Toon, 2021
religious, recreational, historical house, community/cultural, gallery, concert/performance space, mixed use
Loughborough Pearson's red brick building is unimposing from the outside, but inside is a riot of Gothic Revival design. Golden mosaics reveal the character of the Grade II* listed chapel, built as part of the Middlesex Hospital.
J. L. Pearson, 1891
Architecture for London designed and built a new home for stationers Present & Correct in a heritage retail unit. In a nod to the neighbouring British Museum, cabinets as 'wunderkammer' display the stationery as objects of desire.
Architecture for London, 2023
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