Picture Wednesday – Progress, or Not?


It is hard to think that people would want to remember a petrol station. It’s also hard to think that a petrol station would have any art deco features like other type of buildings. But, the former Ridgmount service station in Bloomsbury had a sleek structure which has been preserved by the owners of the current business located there – a Byron.

It is a strange picture – a restaurant next to a building where it says petrol in big fonts, but there’s no petrol station around. There’s also a nice mosaic mural by Brian James, which was commissioned by the Bedford Estate, who owns much of the land in the area.

It is a reminder of the original station in the 1920’s, the oldest in London, which closed in 2008 after a fail attempt to gain listed status. It also pays tribute to Mary, Duchess of Bedford, an aviator back in 1920’s and 30’s.

Now, why those colours? Purple with a white stripe were the horse racing colours of the Bedford family.

Picture Wednesday - Progress, or Not?

A Londoner from Afar

About A Londoner from Afar

Cheese & choc lover, marketer and linguist who would like to explore and share those aspects that still have the power to make her stay in the amazingly vibrant city of London after nearly 10 years.
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