Category Archives: Architecture

St Mary’s Cemetery Battersea London + Pique

Necropolis in the Megalopolis   It’s a sculpture park in a wild garden. What’s not to love? St Mary’s Cemetery in Battersea may run parallel with the busy shopping street of Northcote Road but it’s an elevated world away, a … Continue reading

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Courtenay Square Kennington London + Adshead + Ramsey + Prince Charles

The City Four Square Kennington has some of the best Georgian architecture in London. And some of the best neo Georgian. Take the Duchy of Cornwall’s estate in Kennington. In 1911, architect Stanley Adshead was commissioned to design this residential … Continue reading

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Kennington Park London + Lavender’s Blue

Absolutely Fabulous Of course it’s sheer Joanne Lumley actress territory. Completely the ‘hood of the real Patsy Stone. Lesser known south of the Thames. Swap a consonant in Kensington and you get real London. Welcome to Kennington. The Park. Prince … Continue reading

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The Spell + Roupell Street London

A Street Named Desire Gazing at a house on Roupell Street, any house, lucky number seven, luckless number 13, before a visit to The King’s Arms (crammed Monday to Friday; only the fireside cat for company at the weekend), after … Continue reading

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The Court House East Meon + West Meon Hampshire

Valley of Dashes One valley, two villages. Meon. Like The Great Gatsby, there’s an East and a West. Let’s go waste the most poignant moments of the night and life and capture on celluloid one of the villages in the … Continue reading

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Boone’s Chapel Lee London + Sir Christopher Wren

Baroque and Roll ­ You know you really have achieved celebrity status as an architect if you are still a household name three centuries after your death. Or your surname is adopted for a revival of your architectural style a … Continue reading

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Chelsea Harbour + Chelsea Harbour Hotel London

Suite Success Over the course of multiple visits – breakfasts and brunches, dates and dinners, walks and weekends – Lavender’s Blue cover and discover and rediscover London’s best Eighties development. Back in the day, Astrid Bray was Director of Sales … Continue reading

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Roupell Street London + The Doors

Astragaled Waterloo sunrise. Shades of Revlon.

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Montevetro Battersea London + Taylor Woodrow

It’s Enough to Get the Dopaminergic Neurons of Your Ventral Tegmental Area Stimulated Into Overdrive A little over 22 years since the quadruple page spread was published in Ulster Architect (for decades Ireland’s leading architectural magazine published and edited by … Continue reading

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Glenmore House + Cushendun Harbour Antrim

A Hymn to the Lost Pastoral World of the Anglo Irish Top Irish architect John O’Connell knows Cushendun well. “Clough Williams-Ellis represents his era correctly,” he affirms, “using a fine palette. His architecture is so reticent. There is an early … Continue reading

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Deal Town + Pier Kent

A Diction Words do come easy to us. There are plenty to play with in Kent’s prettiest town. Take house names. The quizzical Fanny’s Dilemma. The often out of season Christmas House. Then there’s the nautical: Dolphin Cottage, Sea Haze … Continue reading

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Antrim + Down Coasts

Dockers and Carters Once a place to leave, not to live, never mind visit, least of all for a luxury travel experience, how times have changed. The east coast of Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim and Down with Belfast sitting over … Continue reading

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Deal Town Kent + The Doors

The Importance of Being Very Earnest Douglas isn’t just the capital of the Isle of Man. But Deal sure is the capital of Kent.

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Montalto House + Estate Ballynahinch Down

A Dawning of Clarity Upon Complexity Braving Storm Ciara, on a blustery photogenic winter’s day, architect John O’Connell and his client Managing Director David Wilson lead a two-to-two private tour of Montalto Estate: The Big House; The Carriage Rooms; and … Continue reading

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Rockport Lodge + Mount Druid Causeway Coast Antrim

A Penchant for the Peculiar There are two distinguished Georgian houses along the Causeway Coast with unusual fenestration. Rockport Lodge just beyond Cushendun appears to have missing windows on the canted flanks of its outer bay windows on the south … Continue reading

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