NLA & RIBA Exhibitions April 9th

Taking a holiday in London today. We walked from London Bridge along the Southbank and across the Millennium Bridge and past St Pauls into Paternoster Square - what a beautiful place this has become now! The ancient streets around Barts came next, then through Smithfield up to the cool shops near Great Ormond St and onto The Building Centre in Store Street for the 'London's Growing Up' exhibition, which is fabulous. Packed full of information both on our current major towers and on the 230+ tall towers over 20 storeys planned for London's future. Our skyline has already changed considerably in the last 10 years and the changes ahead are simply massive. http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org till June 12th. 

RIBA was our last stop for 'The Brits Who Made the Modern World'. I think the building itself is a star attraction and enjoyed picking out Norman Foster's name as one of RIBA's greats (1983) carved into the wall behind reception as we arrive. I enjoyed the exhibition even more - do go if you can and if you haven't watched the three brilliant tv programmes then try and find a way to see them - brilliant documentaries with utterly captivating footage of Farrell, Foster, Grimshaw, Hopkins and Rogers and their buildings that have impacted the world. 

Dinner at the Covent Garden Hotel then home via Charing Cross. A perfect London day.

The model of the Gherkin is on display in the NLA's fantastic 'London's Growing Up' exhibition.

The model of the Gherkin is on display in the NLA's fantastic 'London's Growing Up' exhibition.