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About the Exhibition

This year, to mark eighty years since the first protected views were proposed, the National Trust, the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and Bompas & Parr have collaborated on a new installation, ‘The Imminent Diorama.'  The installation will sit atop of one of London’s finest unprotected views of the city at the Horniman.

The interactive installation will allow the public to see our breathtaking view as it is now, and as it could appear over the next eighty years as seen through the eyes of eight artists. 

This vision imagines a future where climate change has caused a drastic increase in hurricane activity, the world's equator has become more extreme and the subsequent storms cause a large volume of sand to be ejected into the atmosphere basking London in an orange hue, alongside other imaginings. 

Janet on our View

We hear from our Chief Executive, Janet Vitmayer, about why it important to protect our view of London.

Tell us your favourite view

While a total of twenty-seven London views hold some form of designation, only thirteen hold Protected Vista status.

Nine of those are from north of the river, with just four from south of the river, at Richmond, Greenwich, Blackheath and City Hall. This disparity, says Joe Watson, Creative Director of National Trust London, "is largely a result of historic power vested in wealthier parts of the city."

Breath-taking views of our city are life affirming. While they may not cost anything, they are of value to everyone, so we’re asking Londoners to tell us which views are most important to them for us to celebrate and, in the future, perhaps protect.

Share your view online using #LondonView.