On Friday I met four young ladies from Oban in Scotland ... Sue, Ann(e), Frances and Margaret. We did a little wander around east London, primarily Spitalfields and Shoreditch. It was quite nippy, so here they are having a nice cup of tea (or coffee) in the Book Club on Leonard Street.
Whilst we were there I thought of something else that might be their cup of tea too, and was just down the road, so thought I'd mention it here. It's a place called Westland London and to be honest it's really not the kind of place you'd expect to find in the heart of 'trendy' Shoreditch.
It's a big old Grade I listed church (with Grade II listed extra bits) built in the late 1860's, but closed in the 1960's. Westland London (or Westland Antiques as I call them) have been going since 1969 and they moved in to the building in 1977. Basically, to cut a long story short, they source, restore and sell a massive amount of architectural antiques, fireplaces, garden monuments, sculptures, carvings and lots more and they're kept in the church. In a nutshell, it's a rich person's second hand shop.
Because all the stuff is actually for sale and people actually buy it, the whole place changes and each time you go in, you find a whole new set of weird and wonderful items, some large like spiral staircases and giant clocks, or small ... like I remember one time they had an entire wall covered with wooden cobblers shoe lasts. If you need a Renaissance sculpture, a Jacobean chair, a Victorian pillar, an Edwardian sofa or an Art Deco bit of I don't know what, or just some new/old propellors for your WWI biplane, then the chances are that they'll have it.
They've got a seemingly endless array of rooms and corridors chock full of marble, stone, wood and metal spread over two floors. It's really quite incredible. They're not open on Sundays, but if you happen to be in the area any other time, then I highly suggest popping in and spending a bit of time just wandering around. It's a cross between a museum, an exhibition and a shop ... all inside a church.
Bowl Of Chalk
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