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Brutalist London - Walking the Map

Architecture, LondonKate Marsden

You may recall that I wrote last month about the fab Brutalist London Map I received for Christmas. Well, a couple of weeks ago I decided to start walking some of it and photographing the buildings. I stuck with central London on this occasion as I had some other bits and bobs to do at the same time, and ticked 5 buildings off the list (even if I visit a couple of them all the time!). Anyway, this is where I walked and what I saw...

I started at Oxford Circus tube station and walked north west, around the back of John Lewis (Holles Street then left on to Henrietta Place). At the end of Henrietta Place, on the right hand side is Welbeck Street and the rather wonderful car park above. The car park was designed by Michael Blampied & Partners for Debenhams and it was built from 1968-70. 

I then stopped off at Pret for some lunch before walking back down Henrietta Place as far as Regent Street, taking a right and going and spending far too much money in Liberty....

Back on track I headed right out of Liberty along Great Marlborouh Street, took the next left (up a pedestrian path past the Photographer's Gallery, over Oxford Street and up Great Titchfield Street. I walked up Great Titchfield Street as far as Howland Street (5 minutes or so), took a right and came across this building belonging to the University of Westminster...

115 New Cavendish Street was designed by Lyons, Israel and Ellis and built between 1965-68. It's also right next to the BT tower which I've always been a fan of (anyone remember the Noel Edmonds Christmas Day show from there in the 80's?!).

I kept walking along Howland Street until I got to Tottenham Court Road, then took a right. May have shopped a little in the giant Paperchase before taking a left onto Bedford Avenue to take a look at the St Giles Hotel (which I have to admit to never noticing before!).

The St Giles Hotel was designed by Elsworth Sykes Partnership and built between 1971-77.

Then back out onto Tottenham Court Road, past the lovely (but currently shrouded and with a rather funny looking little pitched roof!) Centre Point and down Charing Cross Road to Foyles for a little magazine shopping...

I was meeting a friend and conscious of the time, so I just kept walking.... Down Charing Cross Road as far as Litchfield Street, then down to Seven Dials, then all the way down St Martin's Lane to Trafalgar Square. Northumberland Avenue to the river then over the Golden Jubilee Bridge to the South Bank. So obviously the South Bank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room (which features on the map - designed by the London County Council Architects' Department and built between 1963-68) and over to the lovely National Theatre (designed by Denys Lasdun & Partners in 1963-68 and built from 1969-77).

I then motored on down towards London Bridge to meet my friend (managing to miss another building on the way - which I need to go back to another time). My feet were sore the next morning as I managed to walk more than 20 kilometers in total that day - this walk wasn't that long though, I did have other errands to run too!

Read my other post about the map here and watch this space for more pictures the next time I head out with it!