Around Town: London's Dramatic Victorian Architecture
Rather than feature a single district this month, I thought I'd look at some of London's most beautiful buildings, spanning a moment in time that changed Britain's heritage forever: the reign of Queen Victoria. Sir John Soane was one of Britain's most influential architects. He represented everything that was magnificent about Georgian architecture and introduced radical designs that made the most of available light—ideal for art galleries and grand assemblies in the days before electricity. Soane died in 1837, the year of Victoria's ascension, but his ideas reached far beyond his lifetime. There is no better place to enjoy Soane's genius than his former town house, the Sir John Soane Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields, just behind Holborn station.