London is the royal capital of the world. Nowhere else is steeped in such regal riches. Royalty can be read about in history books, watched in colourful ceremonies and wondered at in lively gossip columns. But most of all, the royal city can be seen and understood in its wonderful, diverse architecture.
Using his own unique method of turning photographs into works of art, the highly creative architectural photographer John Cleave continues Editions Didier Millet’s innovative Sketchbook series by focusing on the city’s royal buildings. Here, dating back many centuries, are the glorious palaces of kings and queens, their places of worship and repose, the parks they laid out and the institutions they patronised. Whether in public spaces or in private corners, royalty has stamped its mark right across the city. This isn’t just the London of tourists. It is the place Londoners know and love, too, and John Cleave’s beautiful pictures evoke Royal London’s finest details, its quiet confidence and its enduring majesty.
John Cleave is an architectural photographer working in Washington where he has lived for over 30 years. His photographs have been widely shown and published in books and journals, and he has lectured in photography for the Smithsonian Institution. British-born Cleave was with the World Bank for many years and holds degrees in economics from London and Oxford and a PhD from Stanford.
Roger Williams is a Londoner, a journalist and an author. His books on the city include The Most Amazing Places to Visit in London, Top 10 London and The Royal Albert Hall: A Victorian Masterpiece for the 21st Century.
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