The Garrick Club is usually described as 'imposing', largely because one can't be rude about a building that has so many top lawyers as members. It was cheaply built in 1864 by the surveyor of the Metropolitan Board of Works, a greedy and possibly corrupt architect called Frederick Marrable, with a rendered facade that until recently was notable as the only building in London with its original Victorian layer of black soot.
Marrable also designed the symmetrical buildings on either side of the club, which feature arches with groups of putti.
Unfortunately, Marrable forgot that the cherubs would be only visible from the street and placed them behind the drip mouldings of the windows, so you can only see the poor loves from the knees up. He also economised by using three designs for 12 arches. Time has not been kind to them either - they are encrusted with at least twenty coats of thick exterior gloss that has filled most of the detail.