Friday 18 November 2022

Albert Square, Stockwell, South London


Dating from the late 1840s, Albert Square retains much of its original grandeur. It has 36 imposing five-storey houses (including basements and attics) embellished with elaborate cornicing and stucco dressings. They overlook a neat communal garden shaded by towering plane trees.

Bonnington Square, Vauxhall, South London


Awash with exotic street trees and shrubs, Bonnington Square has both a bohemian and a tropical vibe. The greenery dates from the early 1990s, when the Bonnington Square Garden Association began planting street trees, vines and creating small community gardens, according to the Conservation Area report. Dating from the 1880s, the three-storey Italian Gothic style terraces are packed in, creating a sense of seclusion, even in the heart of London. The square only has one exit, meaning there is virtually no traffic. A vegetarian cafe sits opposite a small, but characterful communal garden, which was planted on a former bomb site. 

Stockwell Terrace, South London

Although it overlooks a busy road junction, Stockwell Terrace retains its Regency elegance, thanks in part to a hint of a crescent, some well-preserved wrought iron balconies and old school street lamps.

Saturday 12 November 2022

Blythe Hill Fields, South London


About 70 metres above sea level, Blythe Hill Fields is one of the highest of the many green parks dotted around south east London.