We’re going to be back in the UK for Christmas. The day itself will be spent with friends in Bath, we’ll be visiting family and friends in and around London and then hopefully back to Notting Hill for a few days (though sadly not to the flat – we still have it, but it’s rented out at the moment).
You know how there are places in the world that just suit your personality? Well Notting Hill is one of my places. We lived there for twelve years before coming to Seattle and I still miss it horribly.
It’s not a pretty building. Built at the tail-end of the sixties, this Brutalist tower block by Erno Goldfinger (such a great name) soon became a byword for the sort of social problems that plagued tower blocks (and Notting Hill) at the time. But as the tower has cleaned up its act and Notting Hill has become gentrified, it has become a London icon and flats in the tower now command a huge premium, with top-floor flats, which have some of the best views in London, being almost impossible to come by. (I found this photo of the tower in my files – I’ve never been able to take very good pictures of it though).
It’s also become a sort of ironic design icon. Here it is on ceramics and teatowels from People Will Always Need Plates. I’m going to put a couple of plates on my Christmas list.