New vintage walk: Streatham - The Surprising Suburb
A short while ago Streatham High Road was voted the ugliest high street in London but go back fifty years and the vision was very different.
With its abundance of entertainment venues, fashionable shops and smart apartments and houses, Streatham was considered to be the “West End” of the suburbs.
Your guide Barrie was born in Streatham and lived there for over twenty years. Let him take you back to the area’s golden era with visits to various historic venues, most of which are still standing and let him bring to life the Streatham of his youth.
As the walk unfolds you will hear how and why Streatham grew to become such a wealthy area, how it went into almost terminal decline over the last thirty years – and how it’s now bouncing back up with rising property prices, exciting brand new amenities for the local community – and one of the capital’s top jazz clubs.
2 hour walk
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