Home of UGLE (United Grand Lodge of England) since 1775, rebuilt in the Art Deco form in the 1920’s.
Featured in the TV series Spooks, and also you may have seen it used as a venue during Fashion Week.
Below is a picture of a roped-off section where public not allowed to wander into. I don’t think they had an audio guide but all the symbolism, the triangles, the globe, the meteorite striking a pyramid. What does it all mean? They give a tour guide 5 times a day.
Turn right at the Houses of Parliament, walk along Whitehall until you get to Horse Guards Parade.
On the opposite side of the road is Banqueting House, the only remaining part of the Whitehall Palace. Designed in 1619 by Inigo Jones.
Here, for six pounds you can lie on a beanbag and stare at the ceiling for your whole lunch break.
Painted around 1636, by the Flemish painter, Sir Paul Rubens, now remains his only in-situ ceiling paining. After a mix up on the measurements (length of a foot is different in Belgium) it was cut to size by Inigo and Rubens’ apprentice. The artist never did see his work.
Although I have strolled along the South Bank for many years, I’ve failed to notice the sign to Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden. So, just to give you a gentle hint, look for the GIANT YELLOW CONCRETE STAIRCASE.
I enjoyed a coffee here from the café bar. The menu looked appetising. I had a stroll around the wild flower meadow and mini allotment, not what you expect in London, a real secret garden, serendipitous.
There’s also a family craft centre, someone asked me if I wanted to join a clay workshop. Alas I would, but I had to get back to work.
Wonderful hideaway, useful to know to impress family and friends when taking them along the South Bank on a sunny day.
You may recognise Lower Marsh from the 02 advert? It’s regularly featured in TV adverts, films and BBC interviews. People that work here tell me sometimes they don’t know who’s real and who’s an extra.
A great place to explore. Street food from around the world, book shops, trinket shops, 1940’s memorabilia shop, model railway shop, restaurants. Oh yes coffee, you will never be more than 10 paces from a coffee shop.