Friday, 12 July 2013

An Urban Wander around Hammersmith and Kensington

A crazy, crazy week at work, and I really had to force myself to leave the office at lunchtime to get some air. The pictures and commentary below are from three separate wanders over the space of two lunchtimes and one early morning.

The street below, Kensington Church Street, is probably one of my favourite streets in London. Unassumingly tucked away behind the bustle of Kensington High Street, it would be easy to miss, despite being home to Barbara Hulanicki's Biba in 1966.

Kensington Church Walk, London W8
Kensington Church Walk, London W8

Walking up Kensington Church Street and into the streets and mews beyond, is Drayson Mews. A quaint little mews, unusually curved, with a hairdressers and car garage.

Drayson Mews, London W8
Drayson Mews, London W8

 Later in the same week I found myself in Hammersmith, returning from a pleasant lunchtime drift around Ravenscroft Park, when I spotted this ghost sign.

LOCAL AGENTS
FLATS HOUSES
SHOPS

Ghost sign, Hammersmith, London
Ghost sign, Hammersmith, London

And finally, on my morning stroll into one of the offices, I noticed this ghost sign for the first time, despite having walked past it many times before.

KINNIMONT
& SONS
TRADE
ENTRANCE

I somehow doubt that much trade enters through this portal today.

Ghost sign, in a mews entrance near Paddington, London
Ghost sign, in a mews entrance near Paddington, London

Ghost sign, in a mews entrance near Paddington, London
Ghost sign, in a mews entrance near Paddington, London

    

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