Green Park

I had already been tipped off that Andrew Jones, an enterprising lawyer, had spent lockdown, not travelling round Africa as he normally does, but walking round his local neighbourhood, which happens to be Green Park. The result is a charming, deeply well-informed guide to the amazing range of buildings which surround the park – the relatively nondescript as well as the architecturally wonderful – and is packed full of social, as well as architectural information. Did you know that Rupert Murdoch lives in 25, St. James’s Place ? Does Arlington House really have a penthouse with a retractable roof ? The author stayed in the Royal Overseas League en route to school, had his stag party in a suite in the Ritz, and a relative eloped with King Zog, so he appears exceptionally well qualified to write about the area’s more exotic inhabitants. Just published.

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