Right: Banksy graffiti. Photo: Martin Hartmann.
Some other west London older architecture to visit. The more historic tends to be themed and packaged, so you have fight to get to the architecture itself:
• Hampton Court Palace, East Moseley, 1514-1882. Former royal palace; large complex including work by Wren and William Kent. Train to Hampton Court. Photo: top left.
• Chiswick House, Hogarth Lane and Burlington Lane, W4, designed by Lord Burlington (1725-29), who also designed Burlington House (The Royal Academy) and, in this instance, was inspired by Palladio’s Villa Rotonda. There is an earlier gateway here, of 1621, by Inigo Jones. Photo: top right.
• Osterley Park, Isleworth. A remodelling by Robert Adam (1763-67), this time of the entire house. Photo: second from top.
• Syon House, London Road, Brentford. Internal remodelling by Robert Adam (1761-68).
• Pitshanger Manor, Sir John Soane, 1801- 3. Mattock Lane and Ealing Green, W13; Tube: Ealing Broadway. Now a museum.
• The Palm House at Kew Gardens was designed by Decimus Burton (1844-48) and is a marvellous iron and glass structure in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Gardens also now include a recently completed glass house (the Alpine House) by Wilkinson Eyre (2005). Photo: right.
• Leighton House, Holland Park Road, W11. George Aitchison, 1877 – 9. Tube: Holland Park. Some delightful interiors.
• Voysey House, 1902. Barley Mow Passage, W4;
Tube: Chiswick Park of Turnham Green. Fine, former Sanderson’s factory. Image: third from bottom.
• Hoover factory, Wallis, Gilbert & Partners, 1931 – 5. Western Ave.; Tube: Perivale. Now a supermarket, but still a landmark and indicative of London’s westward suburban expansion in that era. Photo: second from bottom.
• Peter Jones department store, 1935 – 7; Crabtree, Slater& Moberley Sloane Square, SW1; Tube: Sloane Square. Good recent refurbishments by John McAslan..
• World’s End Estate, SW10; Tube: Sloane Sq (and bus west). Eric Lyons, Cadbury-Brown, Metcalfe & Cunningham, 1967 – 77. Tall brick towers.
• Commonwealth Institute, W8; Tube: Kensington High Street. Robert Matthews, Johnson-Marshall & Partners, 1960 -2. Dramatic hyperbolic-paraboloid roof to an exhibition building erected to celebrate the Commonwealth countries.
• Hillingdon Civic Centre, High Street, Hillingdon;
Tube: Hillingdon. Robert Matthews Johnson-Marshall & Partners, 1973 – 8. Piles of brick with neo-vernacular undertones, disguising a rather large building; at the time, this was the future of civic architecture (post the 1960’s). Photo: bottom right.