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The public convenience situated underground was actually sold off several years ago and is now a very smart one bedroom apartment,

"Architect Laura Jane Clark has spent more than £60,000 converting an abandoned toilet in Crystal Palace, south London, to create her dream one-bedroom flat.

Her living room used to be the main gents stalls and urinals and her bathroom was formerly the attendant's office.

The glass tiles on the pavement give natural light to her underground flat.

She said: "I love the originality of living in a toilet."
Oh, that wretched transmitter. I lived within a stone's throw for 12 months in 1970/71 and it put a background hum on my record player until closedown, around 11.30pm as I recall. Couldn't wait to move.
A few years ago I looked down from Farquar Road bridge to see what remained of the station. At the back end of Bowley Close below me, I was slightly surprised to see a skip full of artificial legs.
Another quirky post from DG. Well done, some of us just love these little (slightly crazy) itineraries.
The Vicar's Oak heritage leaflet, part of the new 'Invisible Palace' project, is excellent.
Has the stump really "just" been put there? I (thought I) could see it on Google maps satellite view.

Just curious.

dg writes: It was added in June.
The toilet-turned-flat featured in the very first episode of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces.
The toilet conversion even has its own blog.

Updated, thanks.
My daughter, not waiting until we could get to King's, was born in a minicab whilst we were circumnavigating the roundabout in picture 5. We took refuge in the hotel car park awaiting an ambulance. When I came to register the birth the Assistant Registrar for Bromley, upon consulting her trusty A-Z street atlas, decided that the event had definitely happened in her part of the roundabout and issued a certificate accordingly as Place of Birth - "enroute to King's College Hospital"
It used to be even more interesting when the pubs at the roundabout had different closing times...
Is there still the old railway turntable behind the White Swan?
And it all used to be in Surrey until the LCC was formed and the Kent boundary moved westward from where the TV mast now stands.
Pedants' corner: two of the walks in the list at the end of the post are not technically valid, as the City of London is not a borough.

dg writes: See numerous previous posts (and previous comments).
@MikeS there's an NHS Rehabilitation clinic in Bowley Close which, among other services, fits/repairs/adjusts prosthetic limbs.
You could perhaps manage another 5 by leaving the Thames-freezing point near the Oxo Tower and dashing up Middle Temple Lane and Chancery Lane into Camden. You might need convertible ice/roller skates to make a good time though.
The turntable location is a car park now.

The back area behind Westow House / The White Swan has had some flats built in the past year, overlooking this car park.

Antic are adding another floor to Westow House to restore the original three storey design (with an added roof level) for hotel space.

And the Grape and Grain (a sad loss) will be redeveloped back into a form similar to the original hotel on the site - once it gets planning permission.
The birth of James' daughter (above) is yet another example of the wonderful anecdotes provoked by DG's articles. Superb.
Someone contrived to fall off that scaffolding a few months ago and land in so awkward a position, still aloft, that the air ambulance had to be called to rescue him.
The Garden Bridge would have made that last 4-borough journey possible in about five minutes without the expedient of freezing the Thames.
More as potential inspiration for a sequel post than anything else, though I would bet reasonable money at very short odds that you've already considered it: what journey would you recommend, primarily taking short walking time into account but also interesting scenery as a subsidiary factor, to reach six Boroughs or similar subdivisions? How about seven?
I often wondered if Tory-controlled Bromley would have preferred to own Lewisham-controlled Beckenham Place Park over Crystal Palace Park. Crystal Palace is pretty left leaning (I know LB Croydon council swaps back and forth) and outside of Bromley's Tory voting heartland. Beckenham Place Park is popular with the dog walkers and previously the golfers of blue rinse Beckenham before LB Lewisham dismantled it.
Minor correction, the vicars oak stump is a real tree stump, not ceramic, which is why it’s already falling apart after only being there for 6 months. It was donated by the Dulwich estate.

dg writes: Er, it now says "an oak stump embedded in a ring of resin-bonded gravel"
@dg Sorry! Was reading your first version via my RSS reader, it must not have noticed your previous correction! Lesson learned!

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