Uncommon London: 8 Abandoned Places Where You Have to Make a Selfie
The beauty of each old town is not only the central streets and well-maintained monuments. Sometimes it is hidden in the most unexpected places: it is necessary to roll in not the right place, climb over the fence and look behind the creaking gate. Our portal has found for you the most unusual and neglected corners of London, where you definitely should make a picture. Grab the camera and go forward to discover forgotten places of the capital.
The Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and many other symbols of the city on the Thames are a magnet for guests from around the world. Photos of London landmarks are definitely good, but if you are looking for something special, forget about the city center.
Barkingside State Cinema
Now abandoned, the movie house was constructed by the well-known architect George Coles in 1938, its capacity was 2200 seats. During the bombing of the capital in 1940, the construction was badly damaged and was used as a storage. After the war, the cinema was reopened for the audience but was closed in 1984. Today, a part of its room is used to play bingo (lotto analog). Despite the neglect and abandonment, the building has kept the remnants of the former luxury.
Green Cemetery Dissenters Chapel
Protestant chapel was built in 1873 and remarkably has been well preserved till our days, as well as the cemetery where it is located. Also here you can see a lot of parakeets, which for some reason have chosen this place.
Fire Station on the Old Kent Road
It was constructed in 1903 in exactly the same spot, where since 1868 there has been another fire station. In the Middle Ages, there was a well at that place, near which the pilgrims could have a rest and quench thirst. Since 1971, the building has not been used for its intended purpose. Today it is used for the second-hand shop and as an exhibition hall with an antique fireplace.
Limehouse Cut Canal
In 1766, the channel connecting the Thames and Lee was recognized by the British Parliament as the oldest building in the city. This place and the surrounding buildings have an incredibly rich history. In the XVIII century, this area was considered the capital Chinatown; this is where all the Chinese opium dens were concentrated in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Today, there are a lot of dilapidated and abandoned buildings that could tell a lot of interesting.
Pierce with columns at Beckton Gasworks
In 1870, in East London, the enterprise Gas Light and Coke opened one of the biggest plants of gas production. In 1970, work on the production was finally discontinued. Here the scenes for "James Bond" and the clips of the Oasis were filmed. Stanley Kubrick himself has used these views for the legendary "Full Metal Jacket".
Brady's Bar in Brixton
This place has a really rich history. The building was constructed in 1880, at that time here was a hotel. In the XX century, the building was turned into a club where in the 60's Jimi Hendrix performed regularly. At the beginning of the two thousandth the club was closed. However, if you believe in the city rumors here would be a Spanish restaurant soon.
The Anglican Church of St. Dunstan
Incredibly beautiful building was constructed in 1382 and is close to the Tower of London. In 1666 a part of the church was destroyed by the Great Fire of London, but it was restored after 2 years. However, after the bombings in 1941, there is little left from the church.
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