Saturday, 3 September 2011

Capel Bedyddwyr Cymreig - Eastcastle St W1

I really hope I got the Welsh name of this building correct in the post title - I have a sneaking suspicion I may have slipped an extra "d" or "y" in there somewhere.  Anyway I wanted to give this really unusual and cool building in Fitzrovia its proper name.  Otherwise I would have called it the Welsh Chapel, which is what it is.  Built in 1889 this ornate fronted building has always intrigued me although I have never managed to see inside.  Stuck in the middle of media and fashion land it seems a little out of place, like an architectural wedding cake.  I think that's part of the reason I love it and of course it's in Fitzrovia which is also a bonus.  Check it out - a little gem just behind Oxford Street.


  1. Hi there!
    sorry to hijack this comment thread, but I wanted to ask if you could give me some recommendations of where you think is a nice neighbourhood to live in. Now I love Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, Soho and Clerkenwell probably just as you do, but those areas are impossibly expensive. I'd like to be near London Bridge or to be able to access it easily. I see that you like Bermondsey and I need to check out that area. Any other ideas?

  2. Hi Jess - Bermondsey is fab, particularly if you are close to Bermondsey St (closer to Bermondsey tube can get a little sketchy in some bits though). I also really like Borough and the closer you get to Elephant & Castle the cheaper it gets. There is lots of regeneration going on round E & C although I imagine it will always be a bit rough round the edges! If you want to be on a tube link to London Bridge You could also go either south on the Northern Line to Kennington or north to Old St area. Good luck!