East London with Charles Saumarez Smith
July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm£4
Charles Saumarez Smith, who has lived in the area since the early 1980s, will give a presentation of his explorations, which are both historical and geographical, describing the unique character of East London’s 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.
Charles Saumarez Smith is a cultural historian and Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, previously Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery.