Tottenham Court Boulevard

By M@ Last edited 131 months ago
Tottenham Court Boulevard

We adore Milan, Vienna and Paris for their littles piazzas and street cafes, but with our weather becoming warmer every year there is no reason not to enjoy a nice caffe latte on the streets of London.

You might not realise it at first but Tottenham Court Road offers the perfect setting: a never realised traffic improvement scheme in 1960s left the pavement widened, and the streetscape underused since.

Architects Woods Bagot are proposing to revive it with a line infrastructure of street furniture. Its spine element is an undulating canopy of umbrellas that complements and enhances the existing line of trees, fitting around them and integrating them into it.

It can host benches, coffee stalls and telephone booths, and provides the waiting area for bus stops. It'll never be Soho but the end results should see the pavements cleared of randomly cluttering street furniture and given back to the cafe drinking man- or woman-about-town.

By James Newman

Last Updated 05 July 2007


TCR is currently 'proper shit' so anything to make it better!!


No thanks! have you ever tried to walk there in the evening? It's like walking in a jungle, having to avoid London Lite and the london paper guys, the rest of the people, more guys offering you buffet places... the last thing we need is more stuff in the middle.

Either that or they forbid the placement of free newspapers stands on strategic places such as the middle of the street, remove all the clutter stuff which is there as well and make it into a decent place to walk without having to walk like a snake (left! right! right! left! left right!).

And I'd rather not comment about the bumps in the pavement!!