I'm venturing beyond my north London enclave for this London Occasional.
I hadn't come across this touch of the Orient slap in the middle of London until a few weeks ago. It took my breath away. Such a surprise! But what is it? Where is it? When was it built?
As you can see the building is in good condition, and has marvellous tiling and architectural detail. It really is a gem.
This photo reveals more of the design. It feels more like the Alhambra than central London.
The building is no longer put to its original use - but it seems to be well patronised in its current guise.
And the area's redevelopment seems to have been designed around this curious building. As you can tell, its surroundings - at least on one side - are brashly modern. But this oasis of the exotic survives.
Anyone worked out yet where it is?
The pinnacle - is that the right word - of the building is lovely. A mini cupola of stained glass, and rising aloft the crescent and the cross. Not often you see that in this London locality.
I like the juxtaposition with the old gas lamp. It somehow helps to moor this structure in London, rather than Istanbul or Lahore.
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