Parkitecture: The Hidden Jewels Of London's Parks

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Parkitecture: The Hidden Jewels Of London's Parks
Changing rooms at Tooting Bec Lido.

Londoners go to parks for all kinds of reasons: sunbathing, to walk the dog, to give the little people a play on the swings... Parks offer an escape from the metropolis. So how many of us take the trouble to appreciate their buildings and structures?

A new book by Paul Rabbitts lifts the lid on some of the architectural treasures to be found in our parks. The book is nation-wide, but has a strong showing of 'parkitecture' from the London area. Here are some highlights.

Baroque orangery near Kensington Palace.
Iron balustrade in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow.
A simple but striking boat house in Hyde Park.
Clissold House in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington.
Rye House gateway in the Lea Valley - all that remains of this home of Catherine Parr.
Victoria Park pavilion and cafe.
An old shelter in Albion Square, Hackney.

Parkitecture: Buildings and Monuments of Public Parks by Paul Rabbitts is published by Amberley Publishing. Photos of Victoria Park, the Orangery and the boathouse copyright Peter Jeffree.

Last Updated 22 August 2017