London’s Hidden Spaces


If you’re asking yourself where this is, here’s a clue – it’s in Soho, but you never normally see it.

The House of St Barnabas has been in Soho Square since 1846, and is a refuge for homeless women. The building is noted for its stunning Georgian plasterwork. The historic rooms have their original features and are opened to the public occasionally. I remember there used to be a ‘Poor Tube’ attached to the railing outside, down which you could drop contributions.

I got to see inside because a friend was hosting a corporate event there. The adjoining garden and chapel are places of calm, with architecture inspired by the Oxford Movement.

3 comments on “London’s Hidden Spaces”

  1. J F Norris says:

    Somewhat related to this post is a piece I wrote comparing your PCU series to a book by John Blackburn. At least in this one book I read of his he shares your fascination with the hidden spaces and places of London – especially underground. Ever heard of him? Read any of his books? Check it out here.

  2. admin says:

    Great site, JF – I’ve bookmarked it.

  3. wayne says:

    I love these quiet little spots, i worked in Piccadilly for a long time and use to explore Soho and finding these quiet places made london bearable for me.

    Before working in Piccadilly i worked all round london and its the same in most areas these little hidden spots are there to be discovered….

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