London Court

Address: 41/647-653 Hay Street Perth WA 6000
Phone: 08 9221 1235

Tags: architecture

Built in 1937 as a combination of residential and commercial premises for a wealthy gold miner and financier Claude de Bernales, Perth's London Court is designed using the architectural features present in Elizabethan times.

London Court attracts local and international visitors with its friendly, inviting atmosphere and unique architectural style making it superbly different to the sky scrapers it is nestled under in the City of Perth.

The only walk in the world outside Britain that has captured a setting and atmosphere so similar to that of Tudor England, London Court is a retail walkway running between Hay Street Mall and St Georges Terrace in the heart of Perth.

At the decorative Hay Street Mall entrance, a blue-faced clock chimes every quarter of an hour. The clock face is a replica of one of the dials in the clock tower that houses Big Ben in London. To the left of the clock, near one of the turrets, visitors can see the name of the Court's plasterer engraved into the plasterwork.

Above the clock four knights, known as "Tournament of Armoured Knights", circle in the window when the clock chimes. Another clock is located at the St Georges Terrace entrance. Above this clock, in a window, is a miniature St George doing battle with the dragon. Both the clocks are replicas of the "Great Clock" of Rouen, France.

Statues of Sir Walter Raleigh and Dick Whittington stand above the first level facing each other at either end of the Court. Mr. Whittington's facial expression shows he is overwhelmed at finding himself in Tudor times!

Although the designers intended to create a structure that would be reminiscent of British taste, as you take a walk through London Court you feel a sense of France and Southern Spain too. Best of all, this open roofed Court is bathed in the glorious Western Australian sun under a vivid blue sky.

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