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King’s College Chapel

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014

Address: King's College, Strand, WC2R 2LS (020-7836 5454, kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/principal/dean/chaplaincy/strand/chapel/index.aspx).

Opening hours: During college hours. See website for services.

Cost: Free.

Transport: Temple tube station.

The King’s College Chapel (Grade I listed) is a magnificent example of Victorian architecture, designed by the eminent architect George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) and completed in 1864. A century and a half later, the Chapel continues to provide a spiritual focus for King’s community and a peaceful space at the heart of the college.

            King’s College was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England, and became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London in 1836. Today, King’s is a multi-faculty, research-led, teaching institution with over 16,000 students and 5,000 staff, catering for all faiths and beliefs.

            When the original college building (Grade I listed) by Robert Smirke was completed...

De Morgan Centre

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014

Address: 38 West Hill, SW18 1RX (020-8871 1144, demorgan.org.uk).

Opening hours: Tue-Fri, 1-5pm, Sat, 10am to 5pm.

Cost: Adults £4, children free.

Transport: East Putney tube station.

The splendid ‘De Morgan Centre for the Study of 19th-Century Art and Society’ houses the world’s largest collection of the work of William De Morgan (1839-1917) – the most important ceramic artist of the Arts and Crafts Movement – and his wife, the painter Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919). William is credited with the rediscovery of the art of lustre (his work was heavily influenced by the Islamic tiles he saw at the South Kensington – now the Victoria & Albert Museum), while Evelyn was a successful and prolific artist and symbolist painter, whose style was notable for its rich use of colour, allegory, and her emphasis on strong female protagonists.

            In 1859, De Morgan was admitted to the Royal Academy School and studied alongside Frederick Walker and Simeon...