Our October architecture ride toured architecture related to London’s nautical and maritime history.
Many of the impressive buildings we visited are testament to London’s hugely significant maritime past – for example the various Admiralty buildings in Whitehall, the extravagant former Port of London Authority headquarters in Trinity Square and of course, the former Naval Hospital in Greenwich with its impressive Chapel and Painted Hall, designed by Wren and Hawksmoor.
While these buildings have found new uses as government offices, hotels or a university, some of the buildings we visited retain their original purpose, for example the headquarters of the national lighthouse authority, Trinity House, or the home of the Company of Watermen at St Mary-at-Hill.
A warming Finnish lunch was had at the Finnish Church in Rotherhithe, originally established to cater for seafarers away from home – also the only church in London with a sauna!
(Photos on John Heyderman’s Facebook page)