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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Above the Underground - Theydon Bois

This is the second of the stations I am visiting on the Central Line. Click here to find out more.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Window dressing

The month of September was London Design month and as such  some of the windows in Regent Street had dressed their windows in collaboration with architects. I went along to take some photos. However it didn't work out that well as I couldn't avoid the reflections but it has made a perfect post for Weekend Reflections. Some have been designed by architects and others by the shop's own window dressers.









I have put an A beneath the architect designed windows.
Sharing with James at  Weekend Reflections

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wilton's Music Hall

I found this gem of a building in an Alley in Wapping close to the River Thames. I have walked around here many times and never come across it before but Open House drew my attention to the building.  For those of you who know London it is about 5 mins walk from St Katherine's Dock.

Through this door is Wilton's Music Hall and  is the oldest of its kind in the world,being the only survivor of the Grand(giant pub) Music Hall.

Originally it was 4 terraced houses built in the 1690s which had various alterations over the years, but have remained more or less unchanged since Wilton built a music hall across the backyards of the houses making them into one building in 1858. He installed the Hall with the best lighting, heating and ventilation systems available.

                                       There are twelve barley sugar columns that hold up the balcony

Seating at the back of the auditorium.

In 1888 the building was bought by the local Wesleyan Mission and used by them until the 1950s. The mission fed 2000 people a day during the docker's strike of 1889, housed the first Ethiopian working men's club in the 1920s and offered shelter during two world wars for the people of the East London.

When the Methodists left, Wilton's became a rag warehouse and was eventually left empty, falling derelict from 1956 onwards. It was saved from the slum clearance schemes of the 1960s and became a Grade II listed building. A trust was formed in 2004 to bring the building back to life.  Due to successful fundraising between 2012 and 2015 enough money was raised to sensitively repair Wilton's and from last week is now fully open with a full programme of plays and events.

The staircase takes you up to a number of small rooms which now look as though they might be used as rehearsal or meeting rooms

In the auditorium you can still see the original painted plasterwork.

 The renovation has not added any modern features and looking down on the stage and auditorium from the balcony you get a real feel for those Victorian evenings spent in this Music Hall

The building has been used in  films and this poster was part of the film set for 'Death Defying Acts' starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Guy Pearce. I look forward to seeing a production here in the future.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Above the Underground - Central Line

This is the first station travelling from East to West on the Central Line and so begins the start of my exploration of 'Above the Underground' on this line. Having completed the Bakerloo Line I am keen to see what the Central Line has to offer. The 46 mile Line travels from the Epping in the East through the centre of London to West Ruislip.

The approach to the station was through beautiful English countryside so I was already excited by the prospect of exploring a new town before stepping off the train and I wasn't disappointed. Read more here

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Balloons 2

About a month ago I published a post on a balloon installation in Covent Garden see here. I promised a number of fellow bloggers that I would return and see whether or not they had remained inflated.

 Well the balloons are still there although they look smaller to me.

 Some have that pinched look or have burst

 The installation will be removed this week after 5 weeks so actually they did quite well.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Good-bye to Lyme Regis

 The holiday is over. Here are a few more early morning reflections from the harbour.