Tuesday 28 September, 6 pm - 8 pm
An evening at the 'Jewel on the Strand', the magnificent baroque church of St Mary le Strand. James Gibb' s masterpiece with its wonderful interior inspired by Gibb s stay in Italy is a renowned landmark in the Strand, but until this month was stranded by traffic on all sides. The motor traffic has gone, and it can now be enjoyed in a pollution-free setting.
There will be talks by:
Peter Maplestone, the parish clerk and historian of the church (copies of his book will be on sale)
A Westminster City Council officer who will explain the proposals for the new public realm in the Strand, creating a superb setting for the church and Somerset House. London is about to have a superb new piazza.
Jacqueline Riding, the acclaimed art historian and author of the recent biography of Hogarth, will talk covering the relationship between Gibbs and Hogarth, who were close friends, and the strand/Covent Garden area in their lifetimes. https://www.jacquelineriding.com/ Her book will be available for the evening at a discount
Bookings for this event are via Eventbrite. Clicking the book now button will take you away from the SPAB website to complete your registration.
About the London Group
The SPAB London group was formed in 2015 and it brings together over 1,000 SPAB members living or working in the metropolitan area. London’s diversity of built heritage gives members the opportunity to share knowledge of historic buildings, conservation projects and craft skills. The SPAB London group offers visits to see conservation works on historic buildings, lectures, concerts and its monthly Walks to Nowhere, guided walking tours discovering London’s many distinctive neighbourhoods and ending at an historic pub. Recent walks traversed Bloomsbury, Smithfield and Borough.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.