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Holy nights: 7 churchy stays

Sleeping in a converted church is not everyone’s idea of heaven, but disused chapels, churches and other ecclesiastical buildings often pop up in those accommodation listings which specialise in the unique, the quirky and the ‘extraordinary’. From tin tabernacles to church camping and an immaculate chapel hotel we pick some of the best.

Architecture, UK

Meat pie, mash and preservation

On the UK’s National Pie Day (23 January), I am pleased to report that Manze’s pie shop in Deptford has been awarded a Grade II listing. First opened in 1914, the premises is a rare surviving example of an Anglo-Italian, working-class institution that once proliferated in early 20th century London.

Architecture, News, UK

Beckford’s Tower museum reopens in 2024

Beckford’s Tower: after restoration supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Bath’s grand Georgian folly re-opens in Spring 2024. Expect an upgraded museum, a grotto tunnel, views, landscapes and an insight into the life of the tower’s eccentric creator.

Architecture, UK

Weymouth: the architecture tour

Look beyond the deckchairs and the donkey rides and the cliched seaside bling and this colourful Dorset town is a treat for architecture buffs. One of Britain’s oldest resorts, its best bits are mainly Georgian (a gilded statue of George III reigns over the seafront’s Regency terraces) but the town’s […]

Architecture, UK

Margate: the architecture tour

As Sam Mendes’ new film Empire of Light turns the spotlight on Margate, we take a look at the Isle of Thanet town’s architectural landscape – highlights include a chalk cave, a mysterious shell grotto, a derelict lido, a 1960s Brutalist tower block, a vintage roller coaster and the Grade II* listed Dreamland cinema (the fictional Empire of Light in the aforementioned film).

Architecture, UK

Coventry: the architecture tour

The UK’s City of Culture 2021 is generally associated with new-town concrete, but this model of post-war renewal, claims numerous medieval survivors – the city is perhaps defined by its glorious Cathedral (a conciliation of ancient and modern). And the devil is in the detail. Our highlights feature medieval gatehouses, abstract tiles, Aztec friezes and an animated Lady Godiva.

Architecture, UK

Plymouth: the architecture tour

Devastated by the Blitz and rebuilt after WW2, Plymouth boasts the UK’s largest number of post-war listed buildings outside of London. Good enough reason to pay a visit? Indeed, but what makes Devon’s Ocean City so very interesting is the mix of old and new. Starting in the 16th century, our trail features a 1930s Lido, a lighthouse, a museum with a box on top and a bit of Neo Egyptian.

Architecture, Bristol, UK

Bristol: the architecture tour – part 2.

Part Two of our Covid-friendly, walking tour of Bristol’s architectural highlights include Europe’s longest terrace (we think), a Victorian engine house, a Greek Revival chapel with a shiny new extension, a giant’s cave (actually two giants) and the city’s oldest building. For more on Bristol landmarks, see Part One.

Bristol Harbour - John King
Architecture, Bristol, UK

Bristol: the architecture tour

Love architecture or just looking at buildings? Here are some of Bristol’s highlights – a walking tour of the city’s varied architectural landscape combining history with fresh air and social distancing. The list is deliberately random, occasionally obscure and ranging from medieval to modernist and multi-storey carpark.