Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Urban Wandering - decay, abandonment and rennovation in South London

Hot on the heels of yesterday's post is another brief urban wander around London, this time from our hotel in the morning in search of a traditional English breakfast to offset some of the damage of the partying the night before. These first two pictures are of ghost signs on a building in Union Street, Southwark. The main sign reads:

JAMES ASHBY & SONS Ltd.
EMBASSY TEA & COFFEE

with some fainter signage having something to do with

VENTILATORS

there are other words but I can't decipher these.

Ghost sign in Union Road, Southwark, London
Ghost sign in Union Road, Southwark, London

Ghost sign in Union Road, Southwark, London
Ghost sign in Union Road, Southwark, London

This next photo was taken in Flat Iron Square. I'd never been here before and the only flat iron I'd heard of previously was in New York. This square was however fairly unremarkable, and a lot of it was in varying states of decay and abandonment, but almost certainly being renovated. I can't find any information to suggest what Devonshire House might have been.

Old sign, Devonshire House, in Flat Iron Square, London, SE1
Old sign, Devonshire House, in Flat Iron Square, London, SE1

Of the four photos I've posted here, this is my favourite. Again this is in the middle of a fairly significant redevelopment, this time around London Bridge station. It's hard to imagine that this could ever have been a busy little bar and restaurant, and looking at how skeletal it is now, I'm not sure that it will be again. There are however plenty of reviews on the internet to suggest that La Spezia was once a good quality, and thriving bar and restaurant. I couldn't seem to find any photographs of what this side of the restaurant used to look like.

Old sign, Devonshire House, in Flat Iron Square, London, SE1
Old sign for La Spezia Italian restaurant and bar, London Bridge station, London

Well, that's it for this installment. The great thing about London is that there are endless places to visit, and even places I've visited before always spring new surprises on me.

    

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