Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 27 March 2011: the uses of antiquity

Detail in the British Museum

The idea of the 'Ancient World' - of Greece , Rome , Egypt and the other classic civilisations of the Mediterranean - has been an extremely potent force in the history of European art and culture.

This ride looked at some of the ways it has expressed itself in London 's buildings, focusing on the high noon of Neoclassicism in the early 1800s, but also taking in some less familiar uses and abuses of the antique ideal from the 17th century to the present day.

We are grateful to David Garrard of English Heritage for leading this ride