The Grand Gothic Interiors of London
Intricate, ornate, elegant, and beautiful — these are all words inextricably intertwined with gothic interiors. From its roots in the medieval era until today, gothic interior design continues to be a go-to inspiration for anyone who wants to inject a dose of opulence into their homes.
The gothic style is characterized by majestic architecture and heavy furniture tempered with somber hues such as purple, ruby, black, ochre, and gold. Gothic architecture and interiors are always grandiose affairs, making them perfect for the imposing and awe-inspiring churches and cathedrals of Europe.
London’s Westminster Abbey is one prime example. According to the church’s official website, King Henry III’s devotion to St. Edward was what prompted him to build a more magnificent church in the newest Gothic style. The church, which is also formally known as the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, also served as a new shrine for the Saint.
Winchester Cathedral is another principal example of gothic architecture in London. It is one of the largest cathedrals in England and holds the distinction of having the greatest overall length of any gothic cathedral in Europe. The cathedral was originally built in the Norman style and featured the style’s characteristic rounded arches. It wasn’t until the mid-fourteenth century when the Gothic style’s pointed arches were introduced to the church’s design.
Churches aren’t the only buildings in Europe that bear the hallmarks of the Gothic style. Bingo and casino operator Gala Coral may be moving the bulk of its operations to their digital platform but they have seen fit to keep the Granada Cinema, one of the most beautiful cinemas in Europe, in operation. Don’t let its art deco facade fool you — although it’s now used as a bingo hall and has been renamed the Gala Bingo Club Tooting (see image above), the building retains much of the alluring Gothic interiors designed by theatrical director and designer, Theodore Komisarjevsky.