Sunset on the Smoking Arcade

Okay I’ve been wrestling for too long with the subject I was going to tackle this morning. It’s beaten me – for today – and work awaits. It will be back, I promise, but for now I’m going to share with you some fruits of a early evening late summer walk I took over the weekend.

The fabulous smoking arcade which has to be one of the earliest purpose-built smoking shelters in England looks lovely at the best of times, but in the low sunset it was wonderful.

I wandered round the corner and Sir Walter was also bathed in orange:

One of the strange things about all those works going on on the pier at the moment is that you can actually get to one bit you never used to be able to – a little tongue of walkway looking out over the Thames – just one person deep, from which I got Wood Wharf:

Then went back for a glass of red (much improved since they first opened, when the one thing they fell down on was the wine list) at the Old Brewery, still doing v. well from the lovely weather.


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6 Comments to “Sunset on the Smoking Arcade”

  1. Dennis says:

    The smoking arcade is even more delightful now one can sprawl in it with a beer from The Old Brewery.

  2. OldChina says:

    Is this really a smoking arcade? When was it built and who for?

    I’ve also spent many a happy hour sat on the grass here this summer, drinking the amazing Meantime beers. Myself and a friend are slowly making our way through the entire beer menu, literally ticking them off as we go. Made some headway on Friday evening as it happens.

  3. Indeedy, Old China – if you follow the link on the name in the body of the piece you’ll find what I wrote about it a couple of years ago. The hyperlinks don’t always come ut very well on this site.

  4. OldChina says:

    Ah yes, I missed the hyper link the first time. Great, I consider myself fully briefed!

    Lovely photos btw.

  5. RogerW says:

    Great photos – Greenwich certainly seems to enjoy some great sunsets, anywhere from the observatory right down to the riverside!

  6. Stephen says:

    “Is this really a smoking arcade? When was it built and who for?”

    Consulting the wonderful book “Greenwich an Architectural History of the Royal Hospital for Seamen and the Queen’s House” by John Bold I see that it was built between 1854 and 1859 for the use of the pensioners of the Royal Hospital.