Tuesday 5th July an Old Flames v

Royal Society of Arts


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An Old Flames visit to the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce on  26th July 2017 with a walk before

Map of our walk

There was light rain at the start

Keeping dry

PM style shoes

Oh my Bleeding Heart

Saffron Hill


Breakfast anyone, Leather Lane?

A Leather Lane survivor

St Alban the Martyr Church Baldwins Gardens

Along the nave

The story of the Martyr

St Alban

Cakes labelled to order

Staples Inn, High Holborn note the smaller London Griffin


Temple Court

Replica Pump

Onwards, Temple Inn

Chapel of Institute of Actuaries

Was Heron House when I worked for British Gas here

Smoke Break at a back gate to Old Square Lincolns Inn

Raining again, Chancery Lane

Pret a Manger for Coffee etc

Chilly in the rain?


Baranis Restaurant....

...and a detail

Kings College, Chancery Lane

Entrance to the Inner Temple

South side of the Strand

The Old Cock pub

Looking for photo shots

Gaslight lit

The Temple church..... discussed

A glimpse


Two Templars on a horse

Middle Temple Hall


Inner Temple Gardens

Middle Temple Lane

A Modern Lawyer?

Grand gateway to Middle Temple Lane

An original City of London Griffin relocated from outside the demolished Coal Exchange to the Embankment

Bulldog Trust, 2 Temple Place, the mansion of William Waldorf Astor, richest Victorian in the world

A young Left Arm Spin Bowler on entrance steps to 2 Temple Place

Globe House, British American Tobacco Co HQ.   Mercury is by Sir Charles Wheeler

"Get off my roof"  Victoria Embankment Gardens

Revolving Door

"Perfume" exhibition at Somerset House

Michael Faraday, outside the  IEE Savoy Place

Another "Tardis" in Victoria Embankment Gardens?

Henry Fawcett, blind reformer, economist and supporter of Darwin

A little snooze.        The streets around were GEORGE-VILLIERS-DUKE-OF(Alley)- BUCKINGHAM as a condition of the land sale 

Memorial to the Imperial Camel Corps

Built in 1626 as a Water Gate for George Villiers' York House. The Embankment moved the Thames  50 yards away.

Buckingham Street corner

The RSA was founded by William Shipley in 1754. Its idea for the Great Exhibition was taken up by the Government and for the first 100 years it encouraged excellence in Agriculture, Mechanics, Polite Arts, Colonies and Trade through an Award Scheme. It now has a family of Academy Schools and awards diplomas in various practical skills and trades.

The Georgian house was designed by Robert Adam in the early 1770s

The Reception area

Modern Chandelier by Troika

Original  Main Staircase

The present President, Princess Ann

Admiring the Great Room with its Frieze  "The Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture" by James Barry that took him 23 years to complete

The Arts? with a Tower of Babel

Georgian Clock

Angela takes notes in the Benjamin Franklin Room

Up from the Cellar to... unusual Royal Portrait

Courtyard staircase that connects both houses

A painting of Rannoch Moor

The RSA Cafe

The remains of a road down to the Thames under the building.....

...has become a theatre

The Vaults

A model promoting a new design


Chequered floor

Restored ceiling in the "Prince Philip Room"

Number 9 John Adam Street, similar to 10 Downing Street

John Adam Street, the rain had cleared. The Art Deco Adelphi offices, which once housed the LSE is on the right

The Coal Hole for a late lunch served by a charming tattooed Polish waitress

Just resting but well supplied

Strand Station, closed!

Ludgate Circus

Having walked from Farringdon we would have liked the tour of RSA, 10 John Adam Street, to have been shorter, but I am now clearer about the difference between RSA and the Royal Society. You can just subscribe to the RSA amongst other things.

We walked along the Strand after lunch to City Thameslink station and then home

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