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Victorian Waterpoint, St Pancras Old church, Keats House, 2 Willow Road, Burgh House & Quakers [Sep. 23rd, 2016|05:48 pm]
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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.

skip garden

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nice reuse

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always love to live in lock house
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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.

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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)

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hardy tree

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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.

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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.

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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.

cutest gate

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2 willow road

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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.

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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.

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