My flatmate came back from the corner shop the other week with some bad news to impart. The overgrown but romantic planting – lots of climbers and ivy – outside our local French restaurant was being ripped out. Today he came back to report that some bespoke willow fencing was being put up in its place. It’s being installed by a well-known willow craftsman, Jay Davey, and he’s clearly done a great job. But is this rustic chic look right for a smart London street? I think I preferred the plants.
I got lost in Victoria a few years ago and stumbled across this tiny street of slightly dilapidated terraced houses. I remember admiring this sculpture then and was pleased to see it’s still there, some daffs peeping up at its base. It’s called Beauty through Adversity and was made by a chap called Tony Laing. I’ve had a quick Google and can’t find out anything about him. The building is, I think, a hostel.