London 6: Westminster

Simon Bradley and Nikolaus Pevsner

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This essential guide opens up the treasures of London’s most alluring quarter. At its core are Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the palatial Government buildings of Whitehall, together with the great band of Royal Parks stretching westward toward Kensington. It also includes London’s West End (Covent Garden, Soho, Mayfair, and St. James’s) and the less well-known Belgravia and Pimlico.

For each area there is a detailed gazetteer and brief introduction. A general introduction provides a historical and artistic overview. Numerous maps and plans, over 100 new color photographs, full indexes, and an illustrated glossary help to make this book invaluable as both reference work and guide.

This is the fifth of six Pevsner Architectural Guides volumes on London available in cloth.

Simon Bradley is the author of London 1: the City of London in the same series. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–83), one of the greatest names in architectural history, was the founder and chief author of the first Buildings of England series.

“It is impossible to do justice to this delightful omnium-gatherum of historical and architectural information in a review. Well-written, and easy to read, if ever there were justification for suggesting that a reader buy this important book on Westminster, it must be that, whether the purchaser is a browser, a serious architectural scholar or even a tourist, he will rarely fail to find some fact within its covers that he did not know, was not curious to know or was not glad now to know.”—Stephen Conrad, The Art Book

"These meticulously researched and compact books covering England’s counties and cities are now available at relatively modest cost, thanks to Yale University Press. . . . Authoritative, portable, easy to consult, and a pleasure to read, London 6: Westminster is easily the best single source currently available on this area of London. Highly recommended. All levels."—Choice

"This, for architecture aficionados, is the big one. . . . These books are absolutely unique, a cultural treasure. . . . The Westminster volume will help you understand the capital as never before"—Hugh Pearman, World of Interiors (UK)

“A welcome addition . . . its value lies in its revealing re-assessment of many buildings that we think are so familiar.”—J. Kenneth Major, SPAB News (UK)

“Simon Bradley and all those involved in the preparation and publication of this new Westminster volume are to be commended. It is an essential companion for all those who value and enjoy Westminster’s unique cultural heritage.”—Paul Velluet, Georgian Magazine (UK)

“These books are absolutely unique, a cultural treasure. . . . They are to pore over with delight in the armchair of an evening. The Westminster volume will help you understand the capital as never before.”—Hugh Pearman, World of Interiors

“The best and most useful Pevsner to date. . . . [Bradley’s] style is clear and lively—what in the newspaper trade is called ‘a good read.”—Tony Aldous, London Topographical Society

ISBN: 9780300095951
Publication Date: June 10, 2003
960 pages, 4 3/4 x 8 1/2
20 b/w + 100 color illus.
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