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The Birth of Classical London and lunch at the East India Club with Harry Mount Wednesday June 12 2019

Courses | June 2019

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

Tickets are £140 (inc VAT) per person, including lunch with wine. Limited to 24 people. Guarantee a place with Helen by emailing reservations@theoldie.co.uk or calling 01225 427311 (Monday-Friday)


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