An engagingly informal insider’s guide to the streets of the East End, from Spitalfields to Stratford. Charles Saumarez Smith CBE has been Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts since 2007, and is also Visiting Professor of Cultural History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The Company of Artists: The Origins of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and The National Gallery: A Short History.
c. 500 illustrations (including 20 maps) 22.4 x 14.7 cm 352pp + gatefold map paperback ISBN 978 0 500 519554 April £19.95
East London Charles Saumarez Smith
‘A vigorous, clear-sighted and beautiful book of journeys through the East End. I loved it’ Edmund de Waal
‘Wide-ranging, personal, beautifully observed’ Mark Fisher
‘An informal but informative and interesting study of the most important aspects of East London’ Peter Ackroyd
East London has changed more dramatically than any other part of the city over the last thirty years. From a desolate, and in many places derelict, state after the bombing of the Second World War, it has become one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods in the world, with new developments in Canary Wharf and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane. Charles Saumarez Smith, who has lived in the area since the early 1980s, invites the reader to join him on his explorations, which are both historical and geographical, describing the unique character of spaces and places new and old. He guides the reader around shops, churchyards, parks, pumping stations and cemeteries, up the Regent’s Canal and across Victoria Park. Each of the old villages and neighbourhoods that make up East London is shown, through photographs taken on his travels, to offer unexpected and fascinating discoveries, from Wapping in the south through Spitalfields and Bethnal Green to Hoxton, Haggerston and Hackney in the north. Detailed maps of each area enable the reader to strike out on their own or follow Saumarez Smith’s routes as they prefer.