The Royal Festival Hall, London: historic modernism reinvented
If you're British, the Royal Festival Hall is a part of your life. Everybody knows of it. If you live in or visit the capital, chances are you've arranged to meet friends there, in the odd and seemingly permanently-changing assortment of cafes and restaurants and bars that has inhabited it down the years. So did your parents and grandparents. You might even have made it into the period-piece auditorium for any one of an astonishing variety of performances ranging from symphony orchestras and dance groups to the world premiere of Brian Wilson's psychedelic masterpiece Smile. And who can forget the sight of deputy prime minister John Prescott not-quite-dancing to Things Can Only Get Better by D:ream at Tony Blair and his sidekick Peter Mandelson's 1997 election victory night party?