My Sunday Photo, Pizza Express and an Old London Dairy

 My Sunday Photo, Pizza Express and an Old London Dairy

So I love London its no secret, It is in every article somewhere on my blog. I also love History and architecture so visiting the big city is never a bore to me. So imagine how excited I was to find a  Pizza Express and an Old London Dairy all in one.

I seem to notice new things every time I go out, But the interesting thing is looking up the details later and finding out more information on what I have seen.

I knew there was something special about the building when I first saw it. The domed windows and the stunning stonework about the doors. It’s actually an old London dairy, situated on the corner of Coptic Street and Little Russel street and it is surrounded in history.

 

 

Obtaining milk in London in the 19th century was a risk. The cows were often infected and poorly treated, the milk was often topped up and or altered to go further. The cows were walked around london and brought to the door to minimise the risk of getting tampered milk.

So when George Barnham bought his first dairy in 1858 it was a revelation. He quickly acquired most of the houses  in museum , little Russel and Coptic street. He developed equipment and churns to refrigerate the milk and keep it more hygienically.

The building still has many of it original architectural features including dairy signs in stone on the facade.

Original tiles are still inside and when Pizza Express opened its second restaurant here in 1965 they kept as many features as possible.

I really need to visit this restaurant again so I can take more photos and admire its history.

Thank you for reading Pizza Express and an Old London Dairy.

D x

Photalife

 

 

18 Comments

  1. March 5, 2017 / 9:46 am

    This is my favourite Pizza Express (although upstairs at Bankside has spectacular views), I love all the tiles #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      March 5, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Thanks I will have to try that one too. Cant beat a great view!

  2. March 5, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Lovely to have somewhere modern retain some of the old heritage #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      March 5, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Yes I love seeing the old with the new x

  3. March 5, 2017 / 10:08 am

    omg that is so fascinating, the poor cows having to walk around London. It would have been hazardous in those days I bet. Wouldn’t it be lovely just to go back in time just for a day xx

    • donswish
      March 5, 2017 / 10:17 am

      lol, I know I bet it didn’t smell too good either! I love finding out fascinating facts on London.

  4. March 5, 2017 / 11:17 am

    That has to be one of the most beautiful Pizza Express buildings! How lovely that they kept much of the original features inside too, that doesn’t happen very often! #sundayphoto

    • donswish
      March 6, 2017 / 1:20 pm

      It really lovely , i need to go back x

  5. March 5, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    We love London too but don’t visit as often as we’d like. I love all the old buildings too #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      March 6, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      So much to see in London its great thanks for visiting x

    • donswish
      March 6, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      Really pretty building I couldnt miss it

  6. March 5, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    I love the fact they’ve kept some of the original features

    Thank you for linking up

    • donswish
      March 6, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Thanks for hosting

    • donswish
      March 6, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Ye it sure does stand out

  7. March 8, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    This is so interesting – and what an utterly gorgeous building, so beautiful. #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      March 9, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you x

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