Wednesday, 3 February 2010


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at 66 Portland Place, London is a 1930s listed building designed by the architect George Grey Wornum.
I used to spend one day a week working here in the architectural library helping sort through boxes of old photographs from the collection. I remember looking forward each week to seeing which photographer I'd get to archive. The library has an extensive photographic collection, a selection of which can be purchased online. Have a look, as it's a fantastic resource to browse through.

I recently met a friend here for lunch and altough we were a bit disappointed with the food, we relished the atmosphere surrounded by chattering architects, in the architectural elegance of the 1930s restaurant.


  1. i'm going to put this place on my list of spots to wander around in london. i love it -- thanks for the peek.

  2. love the black and white photo of the coffee shop

  3. what great high ceilings and what a great part-time job you had there!
    shame about the quality of the food when it's obviously such a wonderful building.

  4. what a beautiful architecture! i love art deco designs from 30s. and your shots are perfect as always.

  5. yep.
    next time in London I'll do it !