Esoteric London

No. 330: Regent’s Canal, E8

Posted in Architectural, Parks, Sport by esotericlondon on June 3, 2011

Regent’s Canal Towpath by Andrew’s Road, London, E8. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

A Wanderer in London – E.V. Lucas, 1906:

When the summer comes it is not Hyde Park with its breadth of sky and its peacocks, not Kensington Gardens with its trees and the Round Ponds argosies, not Regent’s Park even at sheep-shearing time, not St. James’s Park with its water-fowl; it is none of these that call me. My open space then is Lord’s cricket ground in St. John’s Wood (where acacias and lilac flourish). For the Oval, the great south London ground, where Surrey used to beat all comers and may do so again, I have never much cared: it is not comfortable unless one is a member of the Club; and I dislike gasometers.

[ For more on Lord’s see post No. 63. R.D.]

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