Devoted to the unexpected details that help to make life in the city worth living
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Portland Place W1
I usually try and avoid Portland Place because I always get angry and depressed. It was one of London's finest streets, laid out by the Adam brothers in 1776 and incorporated by Nash into his magnificent royal road from Carlton House to Regent's Park. Now only bits remain here and there. The way this block of flats chops off the left bay of Nos 59-61, leaving a mutilated pediment and pilaster, is a monument to developer greed and supine authority. And it is right opposite the Royal Institute of British Architects. Nurse! my pills!