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A Room For London Becomes Sounds From A Room

A Room For London Becomes Sounds From A Room

A Room for London is an art installation which resembles a riverboat, which is in fact a hotel room perched on the rooftop of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre. The art installation was designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with Fiona Banner and will stay in place for all of 2012. No vacancies are available…it sold out in under 12 minutes!

The one bedroom installation offers up pretty good views from its lower and upper deck along the River Thames. However I’m not too impressed with the views out the back window. I think when dankness sets in and the buildings along the river light up, the boat will be a fantastic place to sit with a few drinks and chill out. I’m available for any such offers!

A Room For London once a month becomes Sounds From A Room! On Saturday afternoon I made my way to the Southbank Centre to watch the first of these monthly live performances, which actually take place in the Boat and are streamed live to a couple of big screens in the Southbank Centre.

Andrew Bird a Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist had the honour of being the first musician to perform in the art installation on top of Queen Elizabeth Hall. Quite probably one of the most unique locations Bird has performed at. And a good performance it was too… well worth the admission price! The gig was incidentally free!

Sounds From A Room live streams are announced three months in advance: The next performances are as follows:

  • Heiner Goebbels the composer and director performs in A Room for London on 26 February 2012.
  • Laurie Anderson the musician and artist performs in A Room for London on 25 March 2012.

For full details visit Sounds From a Room.


A Room For London… the homeless old people that sleep on the bench directly across the river on the Victoria Embankment they could do with a room!

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