The book of the most fascinating house in London
Perhaps the most magical address in London is 18 Folgate Street in Spitalfields, otherwise known as Dennis Severs' House. I wrote a piece about its Christmas display for The Times several years ago (unfortunately not now available free online), but I hope to write again about its "everyday" face soon.
In the meantime, I've been reading Severs' own description of it and its (re)creation as a piece of living history, simply titled 18 Folgate Street. The book is as delightfully nutty and eccentric as the house in the flesh. (Although I have to confess I'm not entirely convinced by his naive-style collages.)
Yet it does explain the house very well. Indeed if I had to sum it up on one phrase it is in his definition of atmosphere as "the space between things. He created what might be called an imaginary theatre display - a whole family lives - eats, sleeps and breathes - in the house, but they've always just left the room before you entered - leaving a scent, a half-eaten apple, or other similar signs of their presence. READ MORE