Saturday 13 April 2024

Westow House, Crystal Palace, South London


Something of a local landmark, Westow House is a large pub and hotel at one point of the triangle of roads at the heart of Crystal Palace. It is popular with local bohemians.

Friday 12 April 2024

Pavilion Road, Sloane Square, Central London


Pedestrianised at the southern end, near Sloane Square, Pavilion Road is lined with cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, thanks to a revamp of the original Victorian stable blocks in the past decade.

The Pavement, Clapham, South London


Overlooking a fairly quiet road and Clapham Common, The Pavement is lined with elegant period buildings occupied by bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants patronised by bright young things.

Thursday 11 April 2024

Trinity Church Square, South London


Spring time adds extra splendour to Trinity Church Square - one of south London's finest old neighbourhoods, dating from the early nineteenth century. Pevsner’s guide to South London describes Trinity Church Square as “an admirably complete composition” - the terraces to the east, south and west are almost completely identical.  Soon after it was built, the square and the neighbouring Merrick Square had become a comparatively wealthy oasis amongst a sea of poverty (in the words of Southwark Council's conservation report), as the Borough was becoming one of the most squalid and overcrowded areas in London.

Falmouth Road, South London


A timeless street scene from one of Southwark's Georgian enclaves 

Monday 8 April 2024

Georgian Houses, Blackfriars Road, Central London

Largely overlooked by the conservation system, a terrace of five-storey late eighteenth century houses survives on one section of Blackfriars Road.

The Peabody Estate, Blackfriars Road, Central London

Built in 1871, the Peabody Estate on Blackfriars Road is a cluster of attractive yellow brick buildings with sash windows, ornate cornicing, cast iron railings and other period features. Inside its imposing arched entrance is a communal garden with a play area, mature trees and basketball courts. The installation of a very wide cycle lane has pushed the estate back from the traffic, making it feel even more serene.  One of the oldest and largest housing associations in London, Peabody says it manages more than 27,000 homes across the capital, housing around 80,000 residents.

Friday 23 February 2024

Cowley Street, Central London

Blending beautifully into Barton Street, Cowley Street is lined with elegant early eighteenth century terraces. But the most eye-catching building dates from the early twentieth century.  Designed by Horace Field, this palatial Edwardian house was actually purpose-built as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway company, according to Country Life magazine. It has also been used as the London HQ of the Liberal Democrats, but is now in residential use.