Architecture fans rejoice. It was announced last week that the iconic 1920’s former Northwest London Polytechnic building, on the corner of Kentish Town and Prince Of Wales roads, has been saved from demolition. As it should have been long ago. Look closely now – it’s even smiling.
(Happy New Year by the way. Was yours as booze-soaked as ours? On more than one occasion I had to carry a leaden Mrs Kentishtowner upstairs to bed).
So what actually happened, you might well ask. No, not to Mrs Kentishtowner – to the building! Concentrate now. Well, it seems last week the Town Hall planning committee finally told developers where to go after acknowledging campaigners’ arguments that it is a landmark with genuine historical merit. Read the full article here.
And whilst on-topic, do we care for Pizza Express? It’s a question that not enough people stop to ask. I would respond with a resounding no, but with a caveat that this one is about as surreal as the chain gets, its sky-high ceilings and echoing interior recalling the delights of a cityboy bar, circa 1997.
Plus points? It’s one of the only Pizza Express outlets that you can rock up to at peak time and get a table. Downpoints? Mrs Kentishtowner feels that eating in its swimmingly large dining room does nothing for her mal de mer.
So google one of Pizza Express’s 50% off vouchers doing the rounds online and keep supporting the joint. It’s long been their least successful branch, after all (isn’t that in itself rather touching?)
(PS – this is the only time we will fight for a chain to stay in Kentish Town).