Sunday, November 27, 2016
Because I love the city so much, I've been to London many times and there is one thing every visit has proven to me, there is always something new to discover. On this last trip in October, I spent less time riding the tube to destinations and more time walking and that is how I discovered this beautiful place. It's located along busy Holborn Street near the boundary with the City of London (the square mile financial district).
The building appealed to me immediately with it's arched entrance and more arches on the inside courtyard. The building is historically listed and was designed by architects Alfred Waterhouse and his son Paul Waterhouse and was built in phases between 1885 and 1901. (Alfred Waterhouse is the same architect who designed the Natural History Museum in London, another gorgeous Gothic building.)
It was originally built for the Prudential Assurance Society who resided there until 1999. It is now home to a variety of business offices and offers space for parties and banquets. The offices of English Heritage are now located here.
If I lived in London, I'd find this place a very appealing place to work. I sat for a while in the courtyard just enjoying the surroundings.