The Hole in the Wall
I've found a hole in the wall - you can see, it really is a hole in the wall. And it offers escape from the prison of the Regis Road estate.
For those who don't know Kentish Town, the Regis Road development is built on what was once Kentish Town's vast rail depot. It now houses such wonders as the car pound, the recycling depot, and the postal collection office. You've got the size of the place.
And it's laid out like a maze - except there's no solution. It's just a meander of streets, with a single entrance and exit. If only you could break through to Holmes Road or Grafton Road ... but you can't.
The slight problem with the 'hole' is that it's only a hundred yards or so from the spot where Regis Road breaks free and meets Kentish Town's high street. So it hardly revolutionises the geography of the place. But it least it adds a frisson of the unexpected -
Now, this hole in the wall leads to the top end of York Mews, a street which really has nothing to commend it apart from its obscurity. So it's hardly an enchanted garden. But in NW5, you take what you get. So go and explore the hole in the wall before someone seals it up.
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