|Victorian Waterpoint, St Pancras Old church, Keats House, 2 Willow Road, Burgh House & Quakers
||[Sep. 23rd, 2016|05:48 pm]
Sunday 18 September: London Open House (Kings Cross/Hampstead)
Victorian Waterpoint, St Pancras old church, Keats House, 2 Willow Road, Burgh House & Hampstead Friends Meeting House
Not the best start as Victoria Hall in King’s Cross (New student accommodation) was fully booked (although didn’t mentioned pre-booking online). Still gave us an opportunity to have a wander in such a ever changing area and be jealous of those having a swim.
always love to live in lock house
We then moved on to St Pancras Cruising Club, Victorian Waterpoint a Sir George Gilbert Scott creation, which was moved whole to its new location above the basin/canal.
Little tour of St Pancras Old Church (they were having an open day) , been inside so many times for gig , it was nice to see it empty and get a talk about its interesting history. Of course occasion to take some photos of the amazing Hardy Tree (most goth tree ever)
Little hop to Belsize Park to visit the Isokon Building (Lawn Road Flats) unfortunately we had to abandon the idea (2.5 hours of queues) and continue our way onto Hampstead.
Keats House, early 19C Grade I listed building and former home of the poet. Glad I did it that day as not sure worth the entry price, nice but not much to see.
After an unplanned food and drink break we were finally able to visit 2 Willow Road (given timed tickets and no photos) Ern_ Goldfinger's unique Modernist family home, I really dislike the brutalist architecture he created but very visionary at the time and some nice use of space. Very fascinating visit and such a shame we could not do Isokon as would have gone perfectly together.
2 willow road
From there we went to Burgh House (a revisit for me) but it was on the way, a Grade I listed Queen Anne house retaining original panelling and staircase with a modern gallery set in a small terrace garden. More on the history of Hampstead.
Our final visit before the pub, was Hampstead Friends Meeting House , a lovely Listed Arts and Crafts building, loved the entry and as always made us so welcome and fed us yummy cakes and teas.