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Four King Georges ruled from 1714 to 1830 and their reigns saw English architects embrace the ideals of the classical world, with imposing, clean lines, influenced by Palladio and epitomised by the elegant style of Robert Adam.

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Georgian

Estorick Collection

This Listed building houses the Italian art collection of the late Eric and Salome Estorick (whose clients included Burt Lancaster & Lauren Bacall,). Canonbury Square itself has many good Georgian houses, including one writer George Orwell once lived in.

39a Canonbury Square N1

Tel: +44 (0)20 7704 9522

Tube: Highbury and Islington

www.estorickcollection.com

Goodwin's Court

The buildings in this lovely tiny alley hidden off St Martin's Lane date to 1690 - and a walk down it makes the centuries fade away. Still lit by gasllights, the Georgian bow-fronted former shops, brass door knobs and knockers and black doors evoke a lost age.

Goodwin's Court WC2

Tube: Leicester Square

Bedford Square

One of the best preserved Georgian squares in London, with many of its houses now Listed. Sadly, most are now offices and the central garden is private but look out for all the Blue Plaques denoting famous former residents. The square was built on top of the St Giles’s ‘rookery’ (slums) made famous by Dickens.

Bedford Square WC1
Tube: Tottenham Court Road

Henrietta Street

First laid out in 1631, and rebuilt through the centuries, moving more and more up-market in the process, this street now typifies late Georgian/early Victorian style. Jane Austen's brother Henry (a banker) lived at No.10 and she stayed here in 1813 and 1814 when visiting her London publishers.

Henrietta Street WC2
Tube: Covent Garden

Elder Street

The Spitalfields area has many interesting buildings, including these well preserved Georgian houses in two of London's earliest surviving terraces. Built in the 1720s, many have been carefully restored. The nearby Dennis Severs’ House shows off a Georgian interior.

Elder Street E1

Tube: Liverpool Street
www.dennissevershouse.co.uk

Artillery Lane

Spitalfields also has London’s finest Georgian shopfronts at 56 and 58 Artillery Lane. Built in 1715  for the weavers of the area, the frontages were rebuilt in 1756-7. Note the Chinese-Rococo details on No.58’s fanlight. No.56 is an arts centre with free entry – check out the lovely interiors.

Artillery Lane E1
Tube: Liverpool Street
www.ravenrow.org

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