Unseen London

Unseen London

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Format: Hardback, 304 Pages
ISBN: 9780711235519
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Peter Dazeley has gained access to the hidden interiors of some of London's most iconic buildings, from Tower Bridge to Battersea Power Station, Big Ben to the Old Bailey.

His photographs of these buildings - some derelict, but many still working - are astonishing. Here is a collection of some 50 extraordinary locations, with a thoughtful text by Mark Daly which tells the story of how each of these places was created, how they are used, and what they reveal about the currents of power flowing through the city.

Unseen London takes you backstage at some of the capital's great theatres, into the changing rooms of some of our greatest temples of sport, into the heart of the Establishment, the boiler room of the city's infrastructure and behind the scenes at some of the most opulent buildings in the Square Mile.

PETER DAZELEY FRPS, known as Dazeley, is a celebrated London photographer renowned for fine art and advertising  photography. He was born in West Kensington and studied photography at Holland Park School, now known as the Socialist Eton.  Being dyslexic he left school at 15 without any formal qualifications.  He feels his dyslexia is an asset because it gives him the ability to look at problems and objectives from a different point of view; he is a meticulous planner and imaginative problem solver. "Making the ordinary look extraordinary is Dazeley's gift,” says Sarah Ryder Richardson, who represents Dazeley in the UK.

His work has won many awards from organisations across the world, including the Association of Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society in the UK, EPICA in France, Applied Arts Magazine in Canada, and Graphis Inc. in the USA . Dazeley is one of the few modern photographers whose fine art work is produced as platinum prints and is currently working on several fine art projects out of his own studio complex in Chelsea, London.

Dazeley became a member of the Association of Photographers in 1977 and became a life member in 1984. In June 2013 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society. Fellowship is the highest distinction of the RPS and recognizes original work and outstanding ability. He is married and has a daughter and a son; they live in Coombe Hill, Surrey.

MARK DALY is a writer with an interest in the more secret and obscure parts of London, a city he has never lived in, but has explored and studied for years. He has devised several walking tours and puzzles based on aspects of unseen London. A defence and aerospace journalist since the 1970s, he is more used to writing about weapons systems and aero-engines, but has a particular interest in explaining how cities work and how their hidden systems developed. He lives in South Nutfield, Surrey.

Format: Hardback, 304 Pages
ISBN: 9780711235519
Illustrations: 2000 colour illustrations
Size: 12.008 in x 0.472 in x 9.331 in / 305 mm x 12 mm x 237 mm

Hidden Levers

Tower Bridge

Thames Barrier

Abbey Mills Pumping Station

Crossness Pumping Station

BT Tower

Battersea Power Station

Disused Tube Station

Law and Order

Foreign Office

County Hall

Big Ben (plus Whitechapel Bell Foundry)

Westminster Hall

Churchill's Paddock Underground Bunker

Old Bailey

Wandsworth Prison

Army and Navy

Household Cavalry Hyde Park Barracks 

Household Cavalry at Horseguards 

Honourable Artillery Company (oldest Regiment in British Army)

Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, remains of Greenwich Palace

In and Out Club (Old Naval and Military Club)

Chelsea Hospital home of the Chelsea Pensioners


Her Majesty's Theatre

The Palladium

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

BBC White City

BBC Broadcasting House

Abbey Road Studio

Air Studios

Alexandra Palace

Body and Soul

Queens Club

Fulham Football Club

Lords Cricket Ground

Repton Gym

Lambeth Palace

St Brides the Journalist Church

Greek Orthodox Cathedral

New West End Synagogue

Freemasons Hall

The Square Mile

Lloyds Register

Midland Bank

Bank of England

Mansion House


London Metal Exchange

Fishmongers Hall

City of London School

Billingsgate Roman Bath House

"a joy"

"an absorbing insight into places most of us never get to visit"

"a thrilling tour behind the closed doors of the capital city's buildings."

"a delightful window on to the hidden architectural treasures of our magnificent capital and Dazeley captures the atmosphere of each building to perfection."

‘Photography as a medium can extend our experiences, and here Peter Dazeley’s richly detailed photographs open the doors to some of London’s most iconic and intriguing buildings’

"Taking in the Capital's best hidden archaeology, relics and structures - both beautiful and unapologetically ugly - celebrated snapper Dazeley takes us on a journey of discovery that even us born and bred Londoners will find fascinating."

"From Tower Bridge to Battersea Power Station, via Big Ben and the Old Bailey, it's a journey that any architecture enthusiast will love.  A great gift"

'The dazzling collection of photographs is universally appealing; whether you're a tourist, a ligeling Londoner, an architect enthusiast, or a history buff, don't miss your chance to view or buy his precious images. His work becomes more important when you appreciate that some of these buildings might not be here in the future. These aren't just images, they're also a slice of London's history.'

January 19, 2017
Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity. Read More.