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A London photo challenge ~ three London landmarks ‘off the beaten path’.

Only once before have I posted a photo challenge, but while I never know if these will be easy or hard, here are a couple of interesting spots that live up to this website’s goal of showing you places in London ‘off the beaten path’ – and all three are central and easy to visit.  Go ahead and post a comment with your best answers – I’ll add the my answers in a few days.

A hidden oasis of calm

A hidden oasis of calm

(1)  Located in the heart of central London is this peaceful open space with an historic building that enhances the scenic view.  While centrally located it is not highly visited and you can often enjoy a picnic lunch here at one of the tables without any crowds. The building you see was funded by the estate of Thomas Sutton in 1611 who was from Newcastle and made his fortune in coal. At the time he was the wealthiest commoner in England.  Originally this land was a 14th Century plague pit, but it was developed over the centuries serving many functions.  Where are you?

A most unique steeple

A most unique steeple

(2)  This church spire is arguably one of the most unique in all of London with its massive lions and unicorns.  This central London church was built as a result of the 1711 Order of Parliament to build 50 new churches, but is one of only six built by an incredibly famous architect (in fact this was his last church built in London).  Of particular note is that the artist William Hogarth illustrated the top of this spire in his famous engraving ‘Gin Lane’.  What church is this and who was the architect?

A carriage house from the 1600s

A carriage house from the 1600s

(3) This picturesque spot on a hidden cobbled courtyard evokes images of old London – especially at night – but is only a short stroll from some of the busiest parts of London.  With one of the few surviving central London carriage houses from the 1600s it is a real step back in time.  The owners claim the carriage house ‘housed the thoroughbred horses of London’s nobility’ – which is possible as King Henry VIII’s stables were nearby – but now it houses people with 17 rooms as an adjoining wing to a hotel.  This hotel, and especially its bar, were very popular with Americans in the early to mid-20th Century – and to a large degree still is today.  The restoration and redevelopment of this carriage house was actually done by Cunard cruise lines and most of its historical features and architecture has been retained.  Where am I?

22 comments on “A London photo challenge ~ three London landmarks ‘off the beaten path’.

  1. blosslyn
    October 26, 2013

    Looking forward to finding out 🙂

  2. prodigallondoner
    October 26, 2013

    Recognise no.2 – used to work quite close – St. George’s in Bloomsbury. No idea on the others, but dying to find out especially no.3! Love the idea for this post – more please 🙂 Cheers Lindsey

      October 26, 2013

      Hi Lindsey, Glad you liked the post idea… will have to periodically do something similar – I think people like challenges! Ian.

  3. Elizabeth Krall
    October 26, 2013

    This was thought provoking! I thought the inn might be The George (in Southwark) but a quick Google proved me wrong. I know I’ve seen the church spire, but can’t name the church. I have no idea about that picnic spot in central London! Your answers will be illuminating.

  4. jennypellett
    October 26, 2013

    At first I thought the church was St Martin’s in the Fields: it was so familiar to me, but the clue you left re the architect didn’t fit, so I scoured my London stamping ground until I came up with St George’s Bloomsbury. I’m pretty sure it’s this one!
    Haven’t a clue about your other two pics – really stumped but looking forward to finding out where they are!

  5. Jan Grensemann
    October 26, 2013

    I guess
    (a) Charterhouse
    (b) Hawksmoor’s St. George’s Bloomsbury
    (c) George Inn

    I’m quite sure about (b) and the statue on top being the only one of George I. in London,
    but (a) and (c) are just a guess.

    Jan Grensemann
    from Nuremberg, Germany

      October 26, 2013

      Thanks for your comment… the correct answers will be posted in a few days so you’ll have to see how you did!

      • Jan Grensemann
        October 26, 2013

        Thanks for this, it’s great.
        Meanwhile I’ve found out over the Internet, but I won’t be a bad sport

        October 26, 2013

        Fair enough… we’ll leave it for others to do their own internet research 🙂 which is part of the fun of it. All the best, Ian

  6. London Details
    October 26, 2013

    no answers from me, just to say that I do like these challenges, so I for one will not complain if you post more of them

      October 27, 2013

      Hi Baldwin – thanks for the feedback… the post seems to be drawing quite a bit of traffic so will have to do something similar a little more often than once a year! – Ian

  7. Laura Bloomsbury
    October 26, 2013

    you’ve got me stumped and I live close by to St George’s Bloomsbury! looking forward to visitng the top one

      October 27, 2013

      Thanks for the comment – answers in a couple of days.. and then you can visit (1). all the best, Ian

  8. Bespoke Traveler
    October 28, 2013

    Is the second photo of St. Giles-in-the-fields?

      October 28, 2013

      Answers will go up tomorrow. thanks for reading the blog and commenting. Ian

  9. Jade
    October 29, 2013

    I don’t recognise any of them, and am intrigued! What a great idea – can’t wait to find out the answers. Jx

  10. fahimm
    July 30, 2015

    a charterhouse square b saint georges bloomsbury c 77 borough high street the Goerges in Pub

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