London Burning

London Burning

Portraits from a Creative City

  1. Editor Hossein Amirsadeghi
  2. Executive Editor Maryam Eisler
  • ISBN 9780500970713
  • 32.00 x 27.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 600pp
  • With over 675 colour illustrations
  • First published 2015

More than one hundred profiles of the leading creative personalities at the beating heart of the world’s cultural capital. Here is a feast of creativity being cooked by the people making tomorrow’s news

‘Some of the capital’s cultural trailblazers reveal how they and their city have influenced one each other’ – Independent
‘A colourful book celebrating all that’s great about the capital’– tatler.com


‘A snapshot of the state of fashion, art, cinema, theatre, music, architecture and technology’– wwd.com
‘Profiles the panoply of visionaries who make London the most vibrant capital in the world’– GQ

• See Hossein Amirsadeghi's interview with Alexandra Shulman, editor-in-chief of British Vogue, an extract from 'London Burning' in the Culture Trip


Having invented the Swinging 60s, punk rock in the 70s and Cool Britannia in the 90s, London in the 2010s is firing up the engine of renewal yet again. London Burning celebrates Britain’s capital as today’s international HQ for creativity and innovation. Unlocking secret passions and embracing a range of lifestyles from the most outrageous to the most parochial.

The capital today is a cultural Molotov cocktail fuelled by hedonism, money, power and ethnic combustibility: quite a backdrop to London Burning’s hundred probing interviews and profiles, which introduce creative personalities young and old, highbrow and populist, Establishment figures and newbies, set against the scenes they inhabit.

London Burning traces the city’s sparking of change across architecture, cinema and theatre, literature, dance, fashion, media and music, technology, design, and the visual and culinary arts, also exploring the tribal dynamics that have always underpinned the city’s creative scene and the forces behind it's unique drive.

Profilees include Nicholas Serota, Antony Gormley, Peter Ackroyd, Jude Kelly, Alastair Spalding, Alan Yentob, David Chipperfield, Matthew Slotover, Fergus Henderson, Ruthie Rogers, Mark Hix, Alexandra Shulman, Jackie Wullschlager, Grayson Perry, Tinie Tempah, Roksanda Ilinic ... the list goes on.

Hossein Amirsadeghi is a writer, publisher, editor and documentary film maker, and the driving force behind Sanctuary, Different Sames, New Vision, Istanbul Contrasts and Frozen Dreams, all published by Thames & Hudson.

See an interview with Hossein Amirsadghi and Maryam Eisler on Art Info

Also edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi:
Sanctuary – Britain's Artists and their Studios
Art Studio America
New Vision – Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century