A little art deco gem

Sturdy and proud, this oddity on Red Lion Square

Sturdy and proud, this oddity on Red Lion Square

Red Lion square, London. Such an honourable and slightly conspicuous name. If you thought Corinthian columns, domes and plaster reliefs then you may have set your expectations a little high. Lower them a little. And perhaps a little more.

Mention Red Lion square and most people will draw a blank. Compared to other famous squares of London, it barely registers in the beauty stakes. Possibly flattened in WWII, there are bits and bobs remaining – that simple row of Georgian terraces for example – but really it is architecturally insignificant. Salvation is found on one corner.

I have no idea what this building is called but it stops me dead every time. Plated in mustard tiles, it rises like an Egyptian mausoleum, sublime in its uniqueness, indulging a sturdiness of form, looking completely like it could survive the second coming… of a Pharoah.

More than just a tiled monolith, it comes with a blue plaque as well

More than just a tiled monolith, particularly with the addition of a gorgeous blue dot

And in the summer, the park in the square comes into its own particularly as it has its own non-branded cafe. Yay!

In summer, this little cafe is quite the spot

In summer, this little cafe is quite the spot

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