Rose and Crown, Colombo Street, SE1. Est. 1787, rebuilt 1887.
Christmas drinks with ex- close colleagues, all of us television production engineers. Our jobs were to set up and keep the electronics working in the years before the equipment became reliable. We spent many hours at London Weekend Television working in close proximity behind the scenes on outside broadcasts, radio links and in studios. Together we made television happen..
We’ve been frequenting this Rose and Crown for 45 years or more, even as the skyscrapers grew up around it. These people saw me grow up too, living and loving in and around London in the late Seventies and Eighties; coming in to work on a succession of motorbikes and with a variety of hairstyles, shoulder length to crew-cut. But by now it’s all been said and done, so it’s a pleasure to chat and catch up in the little old pub.
London Weekend Television building, Kent House, Upper Ground, London SE1 9LT. Completed 1972, redevelopment 2022 (in progress)
Glimpses remain of the old character of this area, once bustling with dockers, wharfmen and warehousemen transferring cargo from ship to shore
The bow of the ice ship HMS Wellington (moored at Temple Pier) was used as a test photo subject by Amateur Photographer magazine for many years