Looks almost Italian, no? But this is Soho Square, one of the most important addresses in London. So what’s the story? Well, as it so happens, this was previously the house of the Earl of Carlisle in 1690. Then in 1760, it was leased by Mrs Cornelys, a colourful character who had a child by Cassanova. But she went bankrupt and it was then purchased by a priest and an Italianiate building was constructed and consecrated the chapel in 1792.
A closeup of the tower. Warm warm bricks. I did not know that there are catacombs underneath the church. One day I have to get inside this definitely. I also did not know that this was the first catholic church created after the English Reformation. Brave men indeed.
This is the statue of King Charles II in Soho Square. Somebody was evil enough to plonk in a glass in his hand. Very amusing. This statue was constructed way back in 1681 but was restored here in 1938 after it had gone on a bit of a journey. The face has been restored, so it almost looks like it is wearing a mask.
This is the Picasso Room in the Le Escargot Restaurant just off Soho Square where I had dinner. This statue keeps on fascinating me. It is absolutely brilliant. Calls to me and talks to me. I am trying to find out the provenance of this statue. Any thoughts?