Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 7 May 2011: Edwardian exuberance

The 1890s and 1900s were a boom time, with the wealth of Empire and industry flowing into Britain. In London this brought about a frenzy of building and re-building.

In these heady times architects threw off the earnestness of the Victorian “battle of the styles” and cheerfully pillaged every architectural style, old and new, to satisfy their clients’ love of luxury and ostentation.

Extravagant, inventive, whimsical and vulgar, in Edwardian architecture bling is writ large. We’ll explore its dazzle in pubs, offices, hotels, churches, shops, stations, theatres, memorials, mansion flats and private houses.

Ride led by Tom Bogdanowicz and Mark Knox.

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