Tuesday, 23 August 2011

T J Boulting Building - Riding House St W1W

I may have mentioned before how much I love Fitzrovia... but just in case you missed it, I LOVE Fitzrovia, in fact I love a whole swathe of London that stretches from Fitzrovia east through Bloomsbury and Holborn to Clerkenwell and Farringdon.  I have lots of love for lots of bits of London but it is these parts that have really captured my heart.  I long for a big Georgian house near Fitzroy Square, or perhaps within walking distance of Lambs Conduit Street.  I just love the tranquility you get walking around the streets of Fitzrovia, compared to what you would experience a few hundred metres away in Oxford Street or Tottenham Court Road.  As well as some great pubs, excellent cafes (think Kaffeine, Tapped & Packed, Lantana...) there are some lovely buildings and one of my favourites is the old T J Boulting building on the corner of Riding House Street and Nassau Street. Whilst the plaque dates the company (who were gas & electrical engineers and in later years made stoves and range cookers) to 1808 the building is actually from around 100 years later and has fantastic mosaic lettering on the corners and sides.  When I walked past the other day there was construction going on inside - I really hope whoever is moving in here and refurbishing it is sensitive to what a gem this is.


  1. Hello, I found your blog as it is us who are actually moving in to T.J. Boulting's next month. We are a publishers and gallery and are very excited to be moving in to such a landmark building. I myself had always seen it's signs and thought it a very special place so can't quite believe we will be in there very soon! Do come visit next time you are in the area. We are called Trolley Books and the gallery will be named after the building itself - T.J. Boulting

  2. Hi Hannah - I'm so glad that someone who loves the building is moving in and I can't wait to check out the gallery. Thanks so much for letting me know - I work just round the corner so I will definitely call in. Good luck with the move!

  3. Thanks Rob, and look forward to seeing you there soon! Here is a link to our website so you can see what we do in the meantime www.trolleybooks.com

  4. NZ architect, came across an excellent photo on flickr:
    I don't know this building, but am intrigued. I'll be popping over to sort out your hemisphere begining May, and staying in Bloomsbury again, so it's on the list. Great to see interested new occupant, and will also look up trolleybooks :-)
    Peteshep :-)

  5. Great photo of a great building!

  6. Greetings again.
    Further to my comment above, I've since enjoyed a quick visit. You can see three of my shots of this Arts & Crafts building on flickr starting:

    P :-)

  7. Great snaps Peter. You've prompted me to do a Jermyn St blog post, which I have been meaning to for some time!