Those who have followed our blog know that we’re big fans of architecture. Whether classical or contemporary, religious or residential, we search out interesting buildings in our travels.
And frequently, they end up as the subject of a blog post.
So given this predilection, it’s no surprise that we make contact with other folks with similar tastes such as travel blogger and architect extraordinaire Virginia Duran, author of the London Architectour Guide.
For years we’ve gleaned architectural insights and travel tips from Virginia’s informative blog, but most recently we’ve been poring over her fabulous compendium on the architecture of London – it’s the ultimate urban explorer’s companion.
From Roman ruins to the latest cutting edge high-rise, London’s architecture is a depository of its history and culture. When it comes to architecture, London is no normal city, and this is no normal travel guide.
This comprehensive guide describes almost 300 buildings in detail, and each entry has a dedicated page with an original pen and ink drawing. Virginia’s description says it best:
“From Brutalist architecture to glass skyscrapers, religious architecture to five-star hotels, known museums and monuments to hidden gems and a handful of inspiring places for content creators.”
In addition, there’s a brief summary of each building’s important architectural and historical aspects, a map with other points of interest in the area, as well as practical visitor information such as hours, transport, and even the best angles for taking photos.
Many of London’s popular tourist attractions like Westminster Cathedral and Tower Bridge are covered, so this book will appeal to first-time visitors. But, there’s so much detail that experienced travelers will be enthralled. We lived in London for many years so we know our way around, and it’s the kind of resource we’d use to search out the unusual and unknown, and for exploring the nooks and crannies of this historical crossroads.
The London Architectour Guide is truly an exceptional book, and while it’s a marvelous travel resource, it should also appeal to any Anglophile with an interest in London history as seen through its buildings. It’s beautifully bound and presented, always a plus in our house, and it looks lovely on your coffee table or bookshelf. We also love Virginia’s amazing blog that will keep you up to date on architecture in London.
It’s hard to imagine the amount of energy and attention to detail that went into this impressive guide, and our hats are off to Virginia for her efforts. It’s perfect for that special traveler in your life … or just keep it for yourself.
James & Terri
Photo Credits: All photos by Virginia Duran