Trellick Tower’s lesser known sister

I got a text from an endlessly glamorous single friend recently, telling me she’d pulled someone with a flat in Trellick Tower, and how envious she knew I’d be of getting a gander inside. It instantly made me think about a blog post on ‘boys’ flats I have known’ – still in the pipeline. Of course I’d already been into Trellick, to interview someone about living in this incredible Brutalist London icon, and even without the benefit of an evening on the Tia Maria it looked wonderful. Views across west London and beyond, and an intelligent design of two linked floors which made the most of them. I have never, however, been inside Trellick’s sister building, the Balfron Tower. It shares the same distinctive style of a slim lift column connected to the main building by walkways, but unlike Trellick it sits in a very unfashionable part of town. Driving north through the Blackwall Tunnel it looms out of the warehouses of Poplar at you.


Image: Joe Roberts


Lady looks for hobby

I’m in the market for a hobby. I’ve worked out that my life lacks an absorbing activity that removes my mind from everything else by bamboozling it with things it doesn’t know how to do properly. So, I’m thinking about taking up painting. The last time I painted was probably at school and I could actually […]

Walpole bathing pool

Margate diary

The second instalment on my week in Margate is a rag-bag of photos I took. The weather was gorgeous and so I took my camera on the daily beach walk, the daily trip to Pantelli’s for a latte and a jacket potato, and the daily delve in the house clearance shops. Here are some of […]

Paint update

It’s done. The kitchen has a few blue-black walls and units. It looks pretty good I think and Farrow & Ball’s blue black is a gorgeous inky colour as Ros flagged up before. Though heads up when it’s wet it looks like teal – totally different to the blacker finish.

Margate art gallery

Kate Middleton was visiting Margate’s art galleries last week… of which more in subsequent posts. Today I’m covering my own art adventures from my heavenly week off by the sea. With only the task of painting a room to put off, I spent my days wandering along by the sea to explore the house clearance […]