A WANDER AROUND ST.PAUL’S, SOUTH ALONG THE RIVER & QUEENS PARK

The second installment of an epic meander through the capital in September…

Starting in Carter Lane, just south of St.Paul’s at what is now a rather down-at-heel YMCA in a spectacularly decorated and sadly dilapidated state. This building, once the choir boys school, is liberally covered in lettering and decoration in a technique called ‘sgrafitto’ where layers of coloured plaster are spread over each other, and the top layer is scraped away to reveal the colour beneath. Water damage has made some probably irreversible damage to this delicate plasterwork. Grrr.

The building is also adorned with other decorative features too like this corner plaque at the rear, where the building joins the old Deanery which needs to be tried for crimes against setting copperplate script in all caps!

On the way through Cheapside we found this marble slab with some pretty uninspiring typography:

Wordsworth would probably spin in his grave if he saw just how a poor choice of typeface could reduce a poem to just words in stone…

Across the river, on Shad Thames some pretty nasty kerning was found… 

But was all redeemed after a couple of pints in The Rake near Blows yard…

Followed by more pints in a variety of establishments along the river…

And some excellent noodles at Cha Cha Moon, with its elegant typography and nimble neon sign…

There were other places after that, but much of that is now strangely lost to me.

The following morning after a hearty fried breakfast we wandered the streets of NW6 and found some items of interest…

And at the point at which I could take no more Helvetica, I spotted this elegant handwritten note alongside some more. I sincerely hope that you are only getting your own mail now, Janette.

So what’s in your neighbourhood?

I am putting out a request for contributors for the “my type of… place” section of this blog and would like you to put together your own typographic tour. If you are interested, download the contributors information sheet for more details, ideas and specifications here.

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