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Not so summery weather

Fenton House

Our 2019 summer outing was to Hampstead to see 2 Willow Road  a house designed by Erno Goldfinger as his own home in the 1930’s .  Goldfinger is better known for  the iconic Trellick Tower in Kensal Town and as the inspiration for Ian Fleming's character in the 1964 Bond film of the same name   .The house is now run by the National Trust but is full of personal effects , artwork and furniture. Built in the modernist style  before the war by a man with socialist ideals it still accommodated servants quarters. We were all amazed at how modern the details were for instance the  bathroom tiling details, roof lights, lack of skirting and relative open plan .  In some respects we have retreated in to less challenging , more familiar Victorian and Edwardian details . Some of us went on to see Fenton House a Georgian mansion , a complete contrast to Willow Road with a well stocked kitchen garden in the middle of Hampstead. Despite being mid summer the rain poured  all day so we retreated to an old pub on the heath called Spaniards Inn where we enjoyed  a slap up lunch with a few pints  while the windows steamed up as we dried out. 

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