Monday, 22 November 2010

RIBA - Portland Place W1

If it wasn't for this really dull two day work pow-wow I wouldn't have ever seen inside the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) building on Portland Place, so as annoying as those two days were I am really glad I attended.  I had seen the building from the outside and thought the classic imposing art-deco facade was cool.  Inside is even better and the good news is that you don't have to be a RIBA member to go inside, in fact they encourage it.  There is a cool cafe and restaurant and a bookshop for those of you that like architecture-porn.  This is going to sound kinda dodgy but I also really like the toilets - they are downstairs and are like a time-warp from the 30s, I'm sure they must have been used in lots of movies or TV shows, particularly if a cottaging scene was involved... I should clarify that whenever I have used them they were empty so I actually took loads of pictures of the taps and fittings, which may also be kinda weird so I'll just stop now...


  1. When you have a bit more time you should treat yourself to a bite of lunch.

  2. I will do that - I have only ever done coffee and cake (which was great!)