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Today I scanned the next dozen colour slides from my Streets of London series, produced in August 2004. These locations are all off Marylebone Road which becomes Euston Road at the junction with Great Portland Street.
Given its proximity to the Royal Academy of Music, of which he was elected principal in 1875, I have assumed that MacFarren Place, NW1, is named after the composer George Alexander MacFarren (1818-1887). I have been unable to confirm this. The doorway and the brickwork are what attracted me to this wall. It had nothing to do with Douglas Adams’s ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’.
The Park in question in Park Square Mews is Regents Park, one of the Royal parks. This mews still contains attractive cobblestones. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regent%27s_Park has a wealth of information on the park, which includes an outer ring road, known as the Outer Circle, measuring 4.45 km. During my marathon training in the 1980s I regularly ran round this route, up to seven times in succession.
Park Square West runs between Marylebone road and Outer Circle.
Longford Street is home to the Regent’s Park Centre of Westminster Kingsway College. Has someone made an effort to have the modern building in the background blend with the older red brick on which the street name is fixed.
There are at least 32 flats (or apartments) in 9, Laxton Place, NW1. They cost a lot of money, but they do have small balconies and it is just a short walk to Regent’s Park.
Drummond Street runs into Hampstead Road, where our friend Jessie once worked, just north of Euston Road. Chutneys is a very popular and well reviewed North Indian vegetarian restaurant with vegan options. I enjoyed my one visit sometime in the 1990s. Here is their menu.
Crossing Hampstead Road from Drummond Street you will reach Charles Place. The wisteria festoons a house in Drummond Street.
The Exmouth Arms in Starcross Street NW1, just behind Charles Place, could possibly be visible from there. Regular readers will know that The Head Gardener fully approves of the multitude of hanging baskets obscuring the name.
Euston Street is parallel with Drummond Street.
There was much building going on in Pancras Road at the time these pictures were produced. Now St Pancras is a fully functioning international railway station.
This evening we dined on cheese-centred haddock fishcakes served on a bed of leeks, Jackie’s piquant cauliflower cheese, and crisp carrots and cabbage. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Malbec.