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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Friday, 16 October 2015

Warrington Hotel



This is the Warrington Hotel in Maida Vale. I first came across this building when I was discovering places of interest on the Bakerloo Line.
It looks wonderful from the outside and I promised myself that I would return to have a look inside.
This week  a friend and I travelled out to Maida Vale  so we could enjoy lunch in the decorative and unusual bar of the hotel.The mosaic greets you as you walk up the steps and into the bar.

Although this was built in 1859 as a hotel, rumour has it that it operated as a brothel during its Victorian years.

 The inside has many Art Nouveau features added at a later date.



In the centre is a semi circular marble topped bar with mahogany panels.


Around part of the seating area are these  oval mirrors with mahogany surrounds







The wide staircase is lit by this overhead stained glass window














20 comments:

  1. This looks really very beautiful ! I love the Art Nouveau style ! If it had been a brothel once, then at least it was very chic ! I will have son and grandson over the weekend !

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  2. I bet you hate visiting all these places *wink*

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  3. Very stylish! That must have been an interesting visit.

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  4. I love all these details, and I spied you photographing the mahogany mirrors. How was lunch?

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  5. It was a pleasure to look at your pictures. Beautiful hotel, beautiful reflections!

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  6. the hotel is great and lovely

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  7. Beautifully ornate ... Looks like a fun place for a drink and /or a meal. Must have been a high class brothel ( not that I know that much about them

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  8. What a great place to go and have lunch, I'm sure my wife would love to go there.

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  9. oh, if only the walls could speak, what would they have to say in a place like this!

    cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. What a wonderful place, I like the Art Nouveau style so much.

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  11. Beautiful! It has the feeling of solidity that I associate with lots of Old England establishments. :-)

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  12. That looks so inviting.What a marvellous place.

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  13. Wow what a beautiful old building. Love all the interior decor.

    Diana

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  14. What a lovely old building. I can imagine it as a high class brothel.

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  15. That is one interesting hotel. The art nouveau is gob smacking.

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  16. What a gorgeous hotel bar you discovered. We have nothing like it where I live in California. We do have a historic wooden carousel and Board walk though. Each place has its own beauties.

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