Royal Festival Hall

I was born in the year of the supersonic, the era of the multivitamin multitonic, the highrise time of men with the technology and women who could be bionic…

Royal Festival Hall (1951), Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1

…when jump-jets were Harrier, when QE2 was Cunard, when thirty-eight feet tall the Princess Magaret stood stately in her hoverpad…

Project Morrinho's South Bank Favela, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, SE1

…the année érotique was only thirty aircushioned minutes away and everything went at twice the speed of sound.

Royal Festival Hall auditorium (late 1950s), Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1

I opened my eyes. It was all in colour. It didn’t look like Kansas any more.

Project Morrinho's South Bank Favela, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1

From Ali Smith’s The Accidental (2006)

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