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The London That Never Was

plan for proposed bridge over thames


Guildhall Art Gallery
(off Gresham St)

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun - 12noon - 4pm

© London Metropolitan Archives. Frederic Barnett’s plan for a bridge across the Thames, 1876

Free | 6 September - 8 December 2019

Discarded designs and rejected plans lurk behind every important building in London. Sometimes serious considerations, sometimes fanciful exercises into the art of the possible, they imagine a city where a crystal Tower Bridge is clad in glass and a colossal burial pyramid looms over Primrose Hill. The London That Never Was explores the collections of the London Metropolitan Archives to present plans and drawings of some of the most intriguing proposals that never made it far from the drawing board.

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