Christian Eldershaw, our Hackney & Haringey Partner, caught up with Carl Turner, Founding Director of Turner Works and local resident, about all things Bethnal Green themed. Christian has had the good fortune of being involved in a number of property sales including spaces Carl has designed as well as his personal homes. Carl is one of the country’s most exciting and versatile architects. He is also one of the first creatives we will be meeting, and discovering what they love about living where they do.
I love it for its chaotic, noisy, boisterous nature; a place were people come to party and blow off steam.
What makes in such a great place to live? Bethnal Green is such a historic and yet edgy part of East London. Don’t consider it if you want a quiet life. We love being able to wander down the canals, through to Victoria Park and down to the Olympic site, or heading West you can cut down Columbia Road (fantastic Sunday flower market) through Shoreditch and into the city in 20 minutes. We often keep going past St. Paul’s over to Southwark and the Tate at the weekend. Just around the corner is Broadway Market with its amazing Saturday food fare. Markets are the lifeblood of the East End.
What is your favourite building in E2? There are so many fabulous buildings in the area from the Museum of Childhood to the historic gas cylinders along Andrews Road, but my favourite in the area is Keeling House by Architect Denys Lasdun, a true visionary project from the mid 1950’s delivered as an antidote to the cramped victorian terraces that did (and still do) surround it. Poor facsimiles have given tall buildings a bad rep in the UK, but this is one of the originals and one of the best.
Where does the best coffee? We are spoiled for restaurants and coffee shops. I would have to go for Nkora (as we live next door) for coffee, but Pavilion is also great (and amazing bread) or for Vegan SITE on Columbia Road is a must.
Favourite restaurant? For food, Morito on Hackney Road (ok it might be Shoreditch) great for tapas and all vegan on Monday evenings or Rochelle Canteen for alfresco on a warm summer evening or Bistrotheque on Wadestone Street for a brash canteen environment in authentic east end warehouse.
Do you have a favourite local character? We live on Bishops Way, named after ‘Bloody Bishop Bonner’ the Bishop of London in the 16th Century, gaining his infamous nickname for his support of Henry VIII and some horrific acts of violence against Catholics. You can read all about him at the Bishops entrance to Victoria Park.