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11 October 2023

Georgian Neoclassicism: The Epitome of Londons Architectural Style

A discussion on the topic of Londons architecture would not be complete without the words Georgian and Neoclassisicm.  It is the style that best epitomises the capital city. The western front of Buckingham Palace is a prime example of the Georgian Neoclassical design, as well as the Bank of England, the National Gallery, Somerset House and Spencer House.

Neoclassicism, as you may guess from the name, draws on the style of the classics – the Greeks and the Romans. Neoclassicism came into British fashion in the mid-18th century. Two of the leading pioneers of this style were James ‘Athenien’ Stuart and Nicholas Revett due to the landmark publication of their book ‘Antiquities of Athens’ in 1762. This was the first book to keep an accurate record of Classical Greek architecture and it impacted designers and architects well into the 19th century as a source of inspiration.

Georgian Neoclassicism is known for its subtle elegance and symmetry and it is most associated with the period of 1714-1830 (when there were four consecutive King Georges on the throne). A notable person of this era was Robert Adam, one of the most important architects working in the Neoclassical/Georgian style in Britain. He developed an individual and distinctive style for interior decoration including ceilings, floors, walls, furniture, silver and ceramics. It became known at the ‘Adam Style’ having a lasting influence on interior design and architecture in Britain.

At Daedalian Glass Studios we have noticed a revival in Neoclassic style within the interior schemes we are commissioned to collaborate on – with our unique twist or creating the columns and facades in cast leas crystal and hand-silvered glass.

If you would like to discuss the specification of decorative glass for your projects, or if any of our designs caught your eye and you would like a little more information, please get in touch by emailing: or calling +44 (0)1253 702531.