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I agree with all those criticisms. Sounds like we had a very similar weekend.

One thing that is *very* good is the architectural exhibition at the Mall Galleries ( It's sprawling, and will take London aficionados such as the readers of this blog a good three hours to get around.

I went to see the water powered lift at Duke of York steps this afternoon but, alas, after the rigours of a day-long stint hoisting people up and down a two metre flight, it was out of action and being repaired.

I would second the recommendation above about the architectural exhibition at the Mall Galleries. There are a large number of rather fine photographs of buildings from the 60's to the 10's. If you're interested in recent London architecture, it's well worth a visit.

When I was 16 I worked in a warehouse building in the Carnaby Street area, It had an original fully working water powered lift that we used every day to get from floor to floor, It had a large rope that went through a small hole in the floor and the ceiling, to go upwards you had to tug at the rope in a downward motion and to go down you had to tug in an upward motion, to stop you just grabbed the rope and held it still, it moved very very slowly and whatever floor you left it on by the following morning it was always down in the basement again, it was great fun to use and quite unique. during the two years that I worked there it never broke down once, it was eco friendly and well ahead of its time.

The creation of Kingsway and Aldwych was pretty significant, but not as large-scale as Regent Street, I suppose?

Why is someone reinventing a water-powered lift, when there's been one operating continuously since the 19th century? (and without getting people wet)

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