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Mr Monkey on the Tate-to-Tate boat, 5th January

"I'm sure it's more welcoming than it looks"

Mr Monkey looking at the Royal Festival Hall Mr Monkey looking at the South Bank Centre

The boat went under the Hungerford bridge, and Mr Monkey had a good view of the South Bank Centre. He sort of admired the Royal Festival Hall, started in 1948 and finished in time for the 1951 Festival of Britain, but was less impressed by the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery part of the complex. They've been described as a "marvellous example of New Brutalism"* but Mr Monkey still thinks they look like there should be some anti-aircraft guns on top of them.

* London Architecture, Marianne Butler, Metro Publications, 2004, p. 165.

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