The genius courtier – Sir Christopher Wren and his churches

After the Great Fire in 1666, Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt 51 churches in the City of London. Many still stand, some were rebuilt after the destruction of WWII and one has even been transported 4,000 miles away! Discover Wren’s magnificent churches and the stories that lie behind them. 

Who inspired Wren and influenced his work?

From Tiber to Thames – Italian influences on the City of London

We visit a haunting corner of the Roman fort, the site of London’s amphitheatre and the elegant Tivoli corner of the Bank of England. We take in the grand home of the Lord Mayor, inspired by Palladio; the Royal Exchange, influenced by the Pantheon and we finish at One New Change with fabulous rooftop views of St Paul’s Cathedral.

What do Michelangelo and Henry Moore have in common?

What’s up in the City

They say always look up, yet most walks have an altitude problem. Not this one! Clocks and sundials, statues, weather-vanes and a hundred unique stories lurk high above pavement-level. Let your eyes do the walking on a safe, street-level tour offering a glimpse of the City as you’ve never seen it before.

Above one of the City’s most famous streets, a three-metre dragon hungrily watches something. What is it lining up for lunch?

Landmark moments in architecture

From the famous ‘Gherkin’ and ‘Cheesegrater’ towers through to the newspaper offices in the ‘street of shame’, the City’s architectural landmarks are not to be missed. In recent decades, London’s ‘starchitects’ have been locked in competition, each trying to outdo their rivals in constructing epic palaces of steel, glass and sparkle.

Which planning restriction enforced the unique design of the ‘Cheesegrater’?
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