London in 25 hard minutes

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Scene from Rick Steves’s 2014 show on London.

By hard I mean compared with the soft gray focus of the video in my last post, “Fifty soft minutes in Paris.” This is the Rick Steves tour of Britain’s capital. Steves’s voice is mellow enough, and the photography, unlike that in the Paris vid, is lit with the color of a sunny day. But you can turn the sound off if you’d like to banish the Stevesterian murmur. Steves’s cameraman is to be gently applauded for excluding as many of the city’s modernist vandals, invaders these past fifty years, from the viewfinder’s frame – a task that was much less difficult for the videographer working in Paris. One must labor through a brief segment about Canary Island, but most of the abominations one might fear in this 25-minute show from 2014, such as the Gherkin, are set discreetly in the background. Rick Steves seems to have a pretty good idea of what most viewers don’t want to see. So, please enjoy!

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About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to London in 25 hard minutes

  1. Pingback: Videos of London, 1927/2014 | Architecture Here and There

  2. Stephen ORourke says:

    An NPR guy, but I like his travel programs.

    Sent from my iPad



  3. A Subscriber says:

    I’ll take London hard or soft, Dave; thanks for link. Here’s a relatively unknown byway you may find interesting; Little Green Street, right off the Highgate Rd in Gospel Oak – with no American Embassy in sight.


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