Sometimes I wonder if the London square was created by writers not architects. Without too much effort, a murder mystery, love triangle, comedy spoof or social critique is conceived. All those eyes aimed at the one spot – or at each other! Methinks it is the perfect spot for a plot.
Lloyd Square in Islington is part of the Lloyd Baker Estate, a series of roads and pathways created in the 1820s when London spread its wings northward. It’s not one of London’s finest squares but, in my mind, it has all the atmosphere conducive to intrigue. Symmetrical with large windows, these modest – now expensive – houses occupying Lloyd Square are without comparison in inner-London. Semi-detached, each couplet is contained under a single Grecian-style roof. I couldn’t resist setting my latest novel here. To be honest, it was crying out for it!
Just imagine your every move being watched. The microcosm of Zone 2 London has found its nadir, an area of massive gentrification that has dragged itself out of the doldrums and into the stratosphere, where neighbours spy removal vans coming and going and those who do move in are only dimly aware of how it could all be taken away from them.
We never really think about the bubble popping – nay exploding! – in our faces. What if it did? What would you do if your life collapsed around you? Are we nothing without our cars, houses, workplaces, partners?