Colour Coordinated


We are in the midst of a fortnight of predicted rainy days.


at 8.35 this morning it was necessary to employ flash to photograph the weather gauge puddle in the gutter outside our front garden,

Winter flowering cherry

and the delightfully resilient winter flowering cherry that, at this rate will bloom until September, when it first blossomed last year.

I thought, “blow this. With all this un-desisting rain descending, I’m pissing off to London” – figuratively speaking, you’ll understand, through the medium of scanning another dozen colour slides from the Streets of London series. The weather there in July 2005 was rather better than it has been here today.

Harrow Road W2/Warwick Crescent 7.05

From 1974 to 2007, I was a frequent visitor to Beauchamp Lodge, the tall, nineteenth century building on the corner of Harrow Road and Warwick Crescent. Having joined the Committee in 1974, I soon found myself in the Chair which I occupied for 15 years. Afterwards I rented rooms for my Counselling Practice. This establishment has periodically featured in my posts, but I have not previously mentioned the Katherine Mansfield connection. One of the many incarnations of the building was as a hostel for young women music students, one of which, in 1908-9 was the famed New Zealand writer, the subject of an April 2013 newspaper article in the Ham & High, subtitled ‘The turbulent love life of a very serious writer’.  Who knows? On one of my overnight stays I may have slept in what had been her bedroom.

Radnor Place/Somers Crescent W2 7.05

Last year the lease of a small (approx.15 square metres) lock up garage to the rear of Somers Crescent W2 was sold at auction for £30,000. There was just 23 years to run, with a ground rent of £25 per annum.

Southwick Place/Hyde Park Crescent W2 7.05
Hyde Park Crescent W2 7.05

According to its website ‘St John’s Hyde Park is a Church of England Parish Church in the Hyde Park Estate in W2, Paddington, Westminster, Central London. It is a Modern, inclusive, liberal catholic Anglican church in the Diocese of London.’ I have a, now faint, jagged scar on my forehead incurred on entering the car park of this church. The story is told in ‘The London Marathon’.

Archery Close W2 7.05

Archery Close W2, is another frighteningly expensive street in Bayswater.

Connaught Street/Portsea Place W2 7.05

Connaught Street runs from Hyde Park Square to Edgware Road,

Connaught Street W2 7.05

where the Maroush Deli is actually located, and where many Lebanese establishments are to be found.

Hampden Gurney Street W1 7.05

On the opposite side of Edgware Road lies Hampden Gurney Street. Are these smokers still puffing?; has the gentleman scratching his head discovered where he’s going?; is one of the three women seeking accommodation?; is the driver of the linen van parked on a red route making a delivery?; did he get a ticket?

Quebec Mews W1 7.05

Gustavian, on the corner of Quebec Mews and New Quebec Street was clearly having a facelift. Is this the Swedish interior design company? Re the name of this Mews, see elmediat’s comment below

James Street W1 7.05

The Café Appennino at 38 James Street W1 is currently listed as inactive. I do hope they did not fall foul of dodgy drains.

Barrett Street/James Street 7.05

The Greene King Local Pubs website tells us that ‘The Lamb and Flag in Marylebone is located on the forefront of the renowned restaurant area, St. Christopher’s Place. This Georgian listed building does not hide its beautiful heritage, as wood panelled walls line the interior, dating back to 1813.’ The young man with the shoulder bag will do well to avoid a collision with either of the two preoccupied persons approaching him, and end up in the lap of the barmaid cleaning the table.

Berkeley Mews W1 7.05

I was so grateful to the young lady approaching me with rather obvious trepidation along Berkeley Mews, for being so well coordinated with the contents of the truck and the traffic cones. She relaxed when I pointed out why I found her so attractive a subject.

Jackie had made enough pasta arrabbiata yesterday for two meals. Served with the addition of green beans, we enjoyed the second this evening. The Culinary Queen presents her apologies to those who asked how she makes it, because it’s always different and she can’t remember this one. That may, of course, have something to do with the Hoegaarden she had just imbibed. I drank more of the Paniza, but then, I’m not the chef. We will make sure the next one is fully described.

60 responses to “Colour Coordinated”

  1. My favourite Katherine Mansfield line: “Tomato soup is so dreadfully eternal, don’t you think so darling?”
    I most interesting rainy day posting for a raining day here in New Zealand too, thanks Derrick.

  2. How those blossoms light up a dull day. One day someone you photographed in your Streets of London series will contact you and say: hey, that was me! 🙂

  3. Fascinating article on Katherine Mansfield. It’s not unusual to pay $60k for a carspace in Sydney. The difference is in the property title. So at the end of the lease period, to whose ownership does the London one revert?

  4. The London Streets series is always welcome. You manage to put in so much backstory in your photographs. The expression of the traffic-cone-coordinated lady is priceless.

  5. Not sure what I find most intriguing. The final composition is very effective. Archery Close has me watching for arrows in flight. The question of how you ended up with Quebec Mews & New Quebec Street in London really has really gotten the Canadian curiosity going. 🙂

      • Did some Canadian history digging and eventually found a connection – the Mews was named after the former Quebec Chapel on this site, named after the Battle of Quebec (Battle of the Plains of Abraham), built 1787 demolished in 1912.
        The name “Québec” comes from the Algonquin word kébec meaning “where the river narrows”. It originally referred to the area around Quebec City where the Saint Lawrence River narrows to a cliff-lined gap.
        Quite the linguistic voyage. 😀

  6. Always enjoy your tour of The Streets of London Derrick, great to see heritage listed buildings still retaining their originality, daresay this will change with modern entrepreneurs establishing shops and restaurants that reflect the changing faces of London. Ps not a great fan of your Mayor

  7. I always enjoy your London tours, Derrick. I went back to read about how you got the scar. I laughed at your comments about the man with the shoulder bag and the color coordinated woman.
    I seldom cook with recipes, except for baking, so I totally understand Jackie not remembering exactly what she did each time. 🙂

  8. I love the photo of the girl in orange–

    Also, the other day when I read you had pasta arrabbiata–I looked it up on youtube because I like to cook new things. There is a delicious looking version explained by Gennaro Contaldo on a video there.

  9. Great tour of London in a sunnier time and interesting history of Quebec-related facts. Terrible slur on the memory of a fine lady who merely imbibes the odd Hoegaarden. You may be finding something a little extra in your next meal. 🙂

  10. My favorite parts are the garden behind the Hyde Park Crescent photo and the Maroush Deli! So pretty and colorful!
    The formal gold scrolling on the corner establishment​, Simonds Lamb and Flag, is beautiful, Derrick. Lovely tour, as always! 🎉

  11. Still as good as the day I first read it nearly two years ago. Maybe better. 🙂

    Lot of things have changed since then but the quality of your prose and the cookery of Mrs Knight have stood the test of time.

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