I've worked in the same building in central London for the most part of thirty years. But I'm still finding new things within a three minute stroll of my workplace.
This is an old parish watch house straddling what was a lane dividing two ancient parishes, but is now a pedesrtian only dead end, best accessed through a rather bleak set of stairs.
The lane has a resonant name (as do the stairs), and on it - as well as this rather wonderful watch house - is a small property owned by the National Trust - you can just get a glimpse of it on the right in the photo above.
Anyone know where we are?
Isn't it just off Surrey Street? Strand Lane, I think, with the Roman bath visible through the window on the right if you push a button outside to switch the light on.
Ah, I missed the button - that's why I didn't see much of the 'Roman' baths, which are more probably medieval or Elizabethan. Strand Lane marked the boundary of the parishes of St Clement Dane and St Mary le Strand, and there are boundary markers of both on the walls of the lane. All this area is now part of King's College - as is the onetime Norfolk Hotel nearby.
Yes, the lane where one can see the 'Roman Bath'
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