London's Pocket Parks

London's Pocket Parks: Arnold Estate, SE1

2 days ago   |   By Cellular news

This is a small park in Bermondsey that used to be the site of a Victorian music hall, the Star of Bermondsey, and an adjacent pub-hotel.
The area was heavily built up with terraced housing, but facing onto the main road, at the time Neckinger Road, but today an extension of Abbey Street, was a large pub and hotel, the Star and Garter Hotel built in the 1830s.
A few decades later, the building next to it was redeveloped into the Star Music Hall, and that opened in October 1867, right in the middle of the enthusiasm for music halls. It was a modest-sized hall, with seating for around 400...
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