I am a proud south London resident and more specifically a citizen of Wandsworth. Those who reside north or east may sneer at leafy SW London but I love it. Perhaps because I came to it after living in various bits of Zone 1 - NW1, W2, E1 (all of which I also loved). I think you know you are a true Wandsworthian when you look on the Wandsworth roundabout with fondness. A confluence of roads just south of Wandsworth bridge, the roundabout is a classic late 60s concrete wasteland that has been softened over the intervening decades by the growth of trees and scrub in the centre space. There are underpasses on all sides - which are famous for being the location of the scene in Clockwork Orange where Alex and his droogs beat up a rough-sleeper. If you're walking through it on a dark Winter's night, it can still feel pretty bleak and depressing, but on a Summer's day in the blazing sunshine it is a haven for bird-life. The thing I really love though is the massive atom-like sculpture on top. It's a pity that they had to put advertising billboards on it, but it must be a really lucrative site as you get all the eyeballs from Trinity Road coming south, York Road coming west and the traffic coming over Wandsworth Bridge from Fulham. I think it's a really cool sculpture and much more handsome than the Old Street roundabout version. So - let's hear it for the weird modernist, dystopian Wandsworth roundabout!
An expat Aussie 15 years into a love affair with London, I decided to record some of the reasons I dig this city, with a key theme being the search for good coffee & food. Random musings with hopefully some appeal or use - if not, at least I'm having fun writing them! Enjoy.