I’m reading my first Stella Rimington novel, so it’s appropriate I should have snapped MI6’s building on Sunday. Stella, as Director General of MI5, worked across the river at Thames House.

MI6 Building

I’m only a short way into the novel, which is entertaining and readable, and Vauxhall has had a few mentions. I wouldn’t have bought it were it not for the author, and even then, only because it was one of those ridiculously cheap Kindle book offers.

Vauxhall is a funny place. The heart of it was torn down and replaced by the huge traffic junction and accident black spot that is Vauxhall Cross. Photographs of it before redevelopment show a thriving shopping street, completely at variance with today’s multi-laned highway. In earlier times still, it was the site of one of the most famous of London’s pleasure gardens. This scruffy piece of land on the other side of the railway is part of those gardens.

Spring Gardens

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