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Berberis species

The Lady Henry Somerset Memorial, aka the Lady Henry Somerset's Children's Fountain, is a Grade II-listed memorial located in the Victoria Embankment Gardens

We went first to 2 Temple Place to see a Jazz exhibition, but primarily to see the house.   2 Temple Place is one of London’s architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on the Embankment.

The building was originally designed for use as Astor’s estate office by one of the foremost neo-Gothic architects of the late nineteenth-century, John Loughborough Pearson. Astor had emigrated to England in 1891 as, arguably, the richest man in the world and no expense was spared when work began on 2 Temple Place in 1892.   In addition to the extraordinary, opulent interior, when it was finished in 1895, Two Temple Place contained the largest strong room in Europe as well as two other enormous fortified safes.

Hall lamp

Interesting clock

Kit Kat Dance Band drums


Wonderful marble floor

Magnificent staircase

Bulldog - The building is owned by the Bulldog Trust

Stained glass in the baronial hall

John Deth by Edward Burra Death dance metaphor

Night by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale

The Dance Club (The Dance Party) by William Patrick Roberts

Harlem by Edward Burra

Beautiful marble floor

Chimera holding a pigeon

They don't serve coffee!

Interesting flats

No coffee either

Feminine bicycle

Law Courts

Cheshire Cheese again

Car park for the market

Des res

Panorama (it enlarges) from the top of Primrose Hill by Steve, the rest of his pictures are at:  http://stevehamill.com/Steve_Hamill_Photography/Gallery/Pages/2018_Primrose_Hill.html

Closer view by Peter (it enlarges too) other pictures at:   http://www.pjspictures.me.uk/!_PJP_Hampstead.htm

Narcissus 'Ice Follies'

Primrose Hill

We had a good lunch at the Washington, an Irish pub where they were looking forward to the rugby on Saturday at Twickers.  Unfortunately Ireland won 24 - 15 

Daphne odora aureomarginata

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The Isokon Building

The architects have been busy

The Isokon Building, widely recognised as one of the finest achievements of Modern Movement architecture.   Designed by the eminent architect Wells Coates and completed in 1934, the Isokon has been given a Grade I listing by English Heritage, placing it among the most historically important buildings in Britain.   It has an outstanding location on a quiet road in Belsize Park.

With its curved forms and pale render, the Isokon Building (also known as Lawn Road Flats) has been likened to an ocean liner. The first block ever to be built chiefly using reinforced concrete, it was the subject of an exemplary restoration by Avant Architects in 2004.   The building’s list of illustrious former residents includes Agatha Christie, Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus.   J.M. Richards, the architectural critic, wrote that it was “more like the machine a habiter than anything Le Corbusier ever designed”.

We came home via Hampstead Overground and Thameslink West Hampstead stepping straight on to the train.