Meet outside the United Kingdom Supreme Court in Parliament Square and
take a quick look at the Feilden and Mawson conversion (2006-9) of the Middlesex
Guildhall (1912-13, by Gibson). Then cross Broad Sanctuary and the Close of
Westminster Abbey to visit the magnificent Chapter House and the Great Cloister.
The Chapter House is lavishly adorned with sculpture and wall paintings of the
Apocalypse. It has one of the finest medieval tiled pavements in England and its
architecture has remained unaltered since the mid 13th century. Lunch will be
taken at St John's Smith Square, the costliest of Queen Anne's 50 new churches.
Restored after the Blitz to be a concert hall. After lunch, move on to
Westminster Cathedral (1895-1903), the Anglo-Byzantine masterpiece of J F
Bentley. The marbles are splendid -over 100 varieties can be identified. The
Chapel of St Andrew is a shrine of the Arts and Crafts movement. Eric Gill's
Stations of the Cross (1914-18) are one of the finest
works of religious art in England. There is a great deal of mosaic
work, some still being installed. In short, it is a treasure