Sir John Soane (1753-1837) - a Vision of London

The John Soane Museum is the intriguing first stop on the Sir John Soane - a Vision of London theme day to discover London's most distinguished architect. Soane designed and built this house for his family as a London home and as a repository for his stunning collection of classical and neo-classical sculpture and paintings. This cluttered but elegant home offers a wonderful insight to Soane's neo-classical architectural influences and ambitions.

From the Museum we drive across the Thames to the magnificent Dulwich Picture Gallery, South London Soane built in 1811 as London's first purpose-built art gallery. We lunch in the dining room at the Gallery before taking in the impressive collection of Old Masters housed here. After lunch we can also explore the house and grounds.

Then back to London's City, the heart of financial markets, we can stop by Soane's mighty Bank of England built in 1788. Inside we may visit the full-scale replica of Soane's office containing an historical explanation of the Bank. To round off the day off we will see Soane's Grand Southwark Cathedral and pass through Soane's Whitehall to see the original buildings housing the Privy Council and Board of Trade.

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