Sunday Sights

The Palm House

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

kewgardenspalmhouseA visit to Kew Gardens wouldn’t be complete without popping into the steamy Palm House. Considered to be most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world, this exotic greenhouse was designed by Decimus Burton and constructed between 1844 and 1848. A marvel of architecture, the iconic Palm House unites the two seemingly opposing worlds of botany and industry.

Fun fact: Did you know that the Palm House is composed of 16,000 panes of glass?

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.

Sunday Sights

V&A Rotunda Chandelier

Every Sunday I’m posting a photograph of an iconic building, location or view in London. As a tour guide, I take great pleasure in showing these world famous sights to visitors and this weekly blog series will serve as a virtual extension of my guided walks.

dalechihulyvandaA real show-stopper, Dale Chihuly’s chandelier looms inside the rotunda of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Consisting of over 1,300 pieces, this spectacular glass sculpture never fails to make visitors stop in their tracks and look up. Formally trained in the United States of America, Chihuly (born 1941) also worked in Murano, the Venetian archipelago famous for its glass-blowing tradition.

Fun fact: Did you know that it took the Chihuly Studio over five days to install the V&A’s chandelier? (A team of six wired it up, in reverse, from the bottom to the top.)

Yannick Pucci is an independent tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. All his public walks can be found on EventBrite and you can also follow his adventures on Twitter.