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The Survey of London

Collingham Gardens, Kensington The Survey of London, part of English Heritage's Research Department, carries out detailed architectural and topographical studies of London, published in an ongoing series of volumes. 

Please visit our The Survey of London pages with Publications to find out more.

The Survey works generally within the framework of the old administrative parishes of London, which form the basis of today's borough structure. With minor exceptions, it has always been restricted to the former county of London, the LCC's area of operation (which excluded the City of London itself). The vast growth of London, the complexity of its history, and the ever-increasing public interest in buildings of all types and periods, make it almost impossible now to contemplate coverage of all Greater London. Nevertheless, the Survey is the closest thing to an 'official' history of London, and provides essential reading for anyone wishing to find out about some of its most famous and characteristic districts and buildings.

Each volume in the main or 'parish' series examines a particular area, discussing its topographical and architectural history and giving a description of its buildings (including many which have been demolished), explaining how they came into being and outlining their significance and historical associations. The text, based to a very large degree on original research, is illustrated with contemporary and archive photographs, accompanied by area or estate maps, and plans, sections and elevational drawings of selected buildings.