King's Grade I listed campus includes: the Chapel (George Gilbert Scott 1864) & the Archaeology Room, displaying foundations of the original Tudor Somerset House. See also nearby Maughan Library and Bush House.
Sir Robert Smirke, Harvey W. Corbett,
Building Design Partnership (BDP),
John Robertson Architects,
The Chapel is a Grade I listed building designed by the eminent Victorian architect, George Gilbert Scott. When the original university building (also Grade I listed), by Robert Smirke, was completed in 1831 it contained a chapel that was situated in the same position as the present one. In 1859, King’s College Council approved a proposal by the Chaplain that the original chapel should be reconstructed, agreeing that its ‘meagreness and poverty’ made it unworthy of King’s. Gilbert Scott was asked to make proposals. His scheme was accepted and the reconstruction was completed in 1864 at a cost of just over £7,000.
A century and a half later, the Chapel remains at the heart of the university and continues to provide a crucial spiritual focus for the King’s community with regular services, and is known and loved by generations of staff and students of King’s.
Archaeology Room and Inigo Rooms
The Archaeology Room and Inigo Rooms are both located in Somerset House East Wing. The Archaeology Room displays some of the foundations of the original Tudor house, visible through a glass floor.
The Inigo Rooms exhibitions are programmed by the Cultural Institute at King’s College London, which connects the university with practitioners, producers, policy makers and participants across arts and culture, creating space where conventions are challenged and original perspectives emerge. It aims to ensure that thinking generated within King’s delivers benefits and drives innovation across the cultural sector, and that arts and culture inspire new approaches to research and learning throughout the university.