Georgian Architecture In London: 5 Must-Visit Locations
It only takes a short stroll around London to relish in some of the beautiful Georgian architecture. However, if like us, you’re a fan of a good architectural tour, here are our recommendations for some of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the capital.
Little Green Street
Tucked away in Camden, this small cobbled street is just 10 houses big and all of them are Grade II listed. Constructed in the 1780s, it stands as one of the oldest streets in the city of London and has been famous not only for its Georgian architecture but its cultural legacy. The Kinks used Little Green Street to film one of their earliest hits, Dead End Street.
There’s no better example of a charming Georgian Square than Bedford Square. Located in the area between the British Museum and Tottenham Court Road, the square was built in 1775. With a classic garden in the centre which is privately owned, the square’s Georgian buildings are wonderfully preserved.
George Orwell moved to Canonbury Square in 1944 and resided in the top flat of a Georgian townhouse for quite some time. In fact, he wrote Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four while he was a resident here. Constructed between the years 1805 and 1830, Canonbury Square is a prime example of Georgian architecture.
Dennis Severs House
Dennis Severs House has a strange history and unsurprisingly involves artist Dennis Severs who transformed the house into a still life. Once belonging to the Jervis family, today the old house which was built in 1724 stands as a time capsule.
Handel & Hendrix House
Brook Street is one of the busiest areas in London, however, here you’ll find two humble terraced houses with a fascinating history. Both George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix were once former residents of these homes. The houses are amazing examples of prime Georgian townhouses and look as they would have hundreds of years ago.
What Makes Georgian Architecture Unique?
Georgian architecture is known for its perfect proportions and sense of balance. Using simple mathematical ratios, both the exterior and interior were symmetrical. You’d find that balance was maintained in floor plans, furniture, and decorative elements throughout early Georgian interiors.
What Is Neo Georgian architecture?
Neo Georgian architecture refers to the revival of classic Georgian architecture. It is also a term used to describe the building style of the late 19th century in the U.S. which saw a comeback for Georgian architectural elements.
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