About the project

A Room for London
A unique collaboration between Living Architecture and Artangel

There can be few places to stay a night in London quite as unusual, poetic and life-enhancing as A Room for London: a 'boat' perched, as if by retreating floodwaters, on the very edge of the Queen Elizabeth hall at the Southbank Centre.

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Contents of the octagonal library

A Room for London's collection of books

An octagonal library was built into the wheelhouse of A Room for London - accessed through a hatch in the kitchen, with a desk looking out across Waterloo Bridge and the Thames.

To help populate this library, Foyle's provided a carefully chosen range of books that delve further into the Room's manifold themes - from contemporary London to river journeys, from the history of art to the legacy of empire.

As 2012 progressed, the words and ideas contained within these books occasionally made their way into London Address pieces, written and recorded aboard the boat by monthly resident writers such as Jeanette Winterson and Michael Ondaatje.