I have spent the weekend pondering the fate of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. It seems at least possible that Historic England have been suborned into supporting the change of use of the eighteenth-century spaces at the back of the Foundry from working industrial use into becoming a wine bar. This is partly because there is a belief that the Hughes, the previous owners of the Foundry, found it a difficult place from which to operate a bell foundry. Now, the only working bell foundries are the Westley Group in Stoke-on-Trent and Taylors of Loughborough. But the whole point of the bell foundry was that it retained the activity of pre-industrial working practices and that this is what makes the interiors and the architecture special. The use needs, if possible, to be retained, as well as the architecture, particularly in the original eighteenth-century spaces in the back of the old foundry.
Does this look like a wine bar ?