Intimacy The Revamped Garden Museum In Lambeth May 2017


The revamped Garden Museum in Lambeth, May 2017

posted by alias Shakespearesmonkey on Monday 29th of May 2017 04:14:30 AM

The Garden Museum, next door to Lambeth Palace used to be my favourite place for lunch in the whole of London. You could sit at tables in the garden with the graves of the Tradescants and Captain Bligh on one side and a couple of banana trees and a rosemary tree on the other, the nearest place to Eden in the metropolis. Now it has yielded to modernity but anyone who didn't know what preceded it will be very impressed. Gone are the exotic trees and the café now occupies a sealed off area. But in their place is a finely conceived sculptural space which is likely to attract far more tourists. The inside of St Mary's church, now given over to museum space, is a huge improvement on the impertinent wood structures which dominated the walls before the changes. All in all professionalism has triumphed over intimacy - but that is the way the world is going.


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