A panoramic painting of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant has been unveiled at the Savoy Hotel.

The hotel’s artist-in-residence David Downes was commissioned to create the piece for the hotel's front hall. From a vantage point on the Thames-side hotel’s roof it captures the panoramic views in fine detail, including landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, and new additions such as the Shard, the Gherkin as well as the pageant.

Managing Director Kiaran MacDonald said: “The Savoy has enjoyed a long history of playing host to artists and commissioning artwork.

"We are delighted to have continued this tradition by working with David Downes to create a wonderful record of London and of such a historic occasion as the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant."

David Downes, born in 1971, was diagnosed with high-functioning developmental autism in his thirties and he believes that his artistic talent is connected to his autism. Most of his pieces are cityscapes infused with feeling and emotions, and drawn from memory.

He said: "The cityscape by itself is inspiring but the pomp and ceremony of the River Pageant made this a unique commission.

"I felt that I had the best seat in London from which to capture these stunning views and the glory of the pageant. It is a day that I will never forget."

Prints of the painting are available to purchase from the hotel, including a limited edition signed and framed series of 60. For further details contact The Savoy at 020 7836 4343 or email


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