London is a wonderful and vast place brimming with ancient buildings, history,great architecture and lighting, here are some of our favourite picks.

Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster is the gathering place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and is full of marvellous rooms, ornate statues, amazing chandeliers and pendant lights.

The central lobby, originally named "Octagon Hall" because of its shape, the Central Lobby is the heart of the Palace of Westminster, it features a stunning Chandelier which gracefully lights up the whole room.

The Pugin Room is an event room and is dedicated to the memory of Augustus Welby Pugin, who directed the interior designs of the Palace of Westminster. The large gilt brass and crystal chandelier which commands the room is a piece that was initially commissioned for the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury by Pugin.

The Royal Gallery, originally called the Victoria Gallery, is the largest room in the Palace of Westminster and was designed to be imposing. Almost every part of the Gallery is highly decorated, including the ceiling, wallpaper, wood panelling and floor tiles.

St Stephen's Hall stands on the site of the royal Chapel of St Stephen's, where the House of Commons sat until the Chapel was destroyed by the fire of 1834, it has a series of ornate antique style chandeliers bringing light to the whole hall.

Buckingham Palace

Formally known as Buckingham House and built for the Duke of Buckingham was later aquired by King George III as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and then became known as The Queens House. During the 19th century Buckingham House plans were drawn up to enlarge the residence by architects John Nash & Edward Blore, then new three wings were constructed around a central courtyard. Today the palace has 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London and below is a video tour of Buckingham Palace provided by the BBC which showcases some of it’s amazing rooms, chandeliers & lights.

A fantastic lamp next to the Queens Royal Guard

Windsor Castle

Built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror, the iconic Windsor Castle has ben used by Royal Family since Henry I, it is considered by the historian John Martin Robinson to be "one of the supreme achievements of English Perpendicular Gothic design.

On the 20th of November 1992 tragedy struck this magnificent castle, a fire broke out sadly destroying 115 rooms.

A restoration project was soon undertaken to restore the royal castle and Chantelle Lighting was chosen to produce authentic (equivalent) lighting throughout the castle, a project that we are immensely proud of, below is a video tour of Windsor Castle which showcases the astonishing beauty and lighting of the building.

 St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most famous and instantly recognisable landmarks of London, it’s dedicated to Paul the Apostle and dates back to AD 604 with the current cathedral dating from the late 17th centuary. The current Cathedral was designed in a English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren and has dominated London’s skyline for ovr 300 years.  The interior is lit by grand chandeliers and petite lamps bringing light to the whole building.

Has this inspired you? If you have a lighting project whether it’s brand new, a graded building or a restoration project requiring a specialist touch, please get in touch with one of our lighting specialists today.