A few weeks ago they pulled down my local filling station. Then a new filling station was built which looks like an idealised garage from the 1920s, only now it’s actually a trendy restaurant called The Filling Station. What makes it doubly confusing is that the gas station used to sell food. But it’s fun to watch cars try to pull in and fill up, only to be asked if they have a reservation.
Of course, London endlessly recycles its old buildings (the hair grooming brand ‘Fish’ was developed by the barbers who took over a Soho fish shop) but this is the first time I can recall a building being demolished and replaced with a fantasised version.
Until last year there was a genuine pastel-coloured 1920s gas station in Bloomsbury that always turned up in Poirot TV shows. I think it’s now a florist. London has some great art deco buildings – it’s a pity more aren’t constructed