Discover how Gothic London turned Classical with Harry Mount, architectural historian and Editor of The Oldie.
Before Inigo Jones built the Banqueting House for the Palace of Whitehall in 1619, central London was a sea of Gothic buildings. For the next two centuries, the capital’s architects were in love with classicism, from Christopher Wren to Robert Adam to James ‘Athenian’ Stuart.
Enjoy a walk, taking in buildings from Somerset House by William Chambers to Wren’s St James’s, Piccadilly, to the Banqueting House. Buffet lunch with wine at the East India Club, itself a splendid Palladian palazzo.
11.00am Meet at the Banqueting House
11.00-1pm Tour classical London
1.00-2.30pm Lunch at the East India Club