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Regent Palace Hotel, Piccadilly, London , 2nd August 2008

Discussion in 'Downfallen' started by Downfallen, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. Downfallen

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    "Too little, too late"

    Ive been past this Hotel many times before...it was always on the list of stuff to do,and a post by MarkR jogged my memory/interest...
    I'd always thought this place would wait ....but I was wrong..
    Last time I passed by, the scaffold was just going up ....an easy in. More recently the white 'shroud of death' and some pretty secure hoarding is hiding this old girl.
    First visit a few days beforehand...it was clearly far too busy to give it a go, even in the early hours this place rarely quietens down...always someone passing, always someone watching ( whether from ground level or from the glut of CCTV covering the streets around here)
    I figured I'd try again on a less 'pleasant' evening.....after the rain.
    Well it was less busy....at 3am...but even so there were still the pishheads pulling out of the nearby clubs and pubs. I already had a nice entry point recce'd, but was just waiting for that moment( that I knew from the Swiss Centre Explore) would come.....that 1 min of silence and desertion amoungst the mayhem....
    As I waited I stared across the street to some fancy club....doing the 'waiting paparazzi' skit...
    Three pissed up fella's walked over....
    'Whose in there mate ?? ...who are you waiting for ?'
    Great....the 'disguise' worked , but these guys thought I was just being secreative , when I tried to tell them I didnt have any idea and Im just hanging around......they actually thought I was hiding something good...and continued to quiz me on who I was waiting to come out...
    After a couple of mins....I tried the brutally honest approach..
    'Actually I'm just interested in getting in 'that' building there <pointing to the Hotel> ...to have a look around and take some pictures..'
    One confused guy sloshed his can of stella, side to side..looked down at it...frowned, looked back up and said
    'Why? is that like a hobby or something ?'
    'Yeah....it is....and you guys hanging around me are kinda stopping me...'

    They all had a chuckle and with a pat on my back they left with a
    'Good luck then mate...'
    It wasnt long after that 'silent minute' came and I climbed up and in.

    Well thats about as exciting as it got...as the title suggests....too little too late.
    The Hotel is just about completely stripped out....all the hotel roomson the floors , the bar, restaurants .....are mostly down to the bare brick..there is very little left to see inside, thats obvious ...Damn !
    I spent most of my time up on the upper levels ...with only a bit of time exploring the lower levels.
    But.. the trip down to the basement and sub basement levels revealed a labyrinth of corridors, rooms, plant areas.....I'm sure there's more to see down on these levels....but a live in security guard and dawn approaching made it difficult to fully explore these levels.....so I'll be going back for a finer look at these levels.
    I really hope there's still some nice stuff left here......but judging by the state of the rest of the building...I doubt it.


    Down on the ground floor the Restaurant / Bar are all pretty much gone/demolished.
    I didnt know there was an 'Arry here though !



    Down in the Basement is the Atlantic Grill and some HUGE kitchen areas.


    Even though there are LOADS of rooms, The accomodation floors are pretty bare and rank...dont believe me ??


    Its a lovely 'old school' roof...lovely to be on...and climb around.




    Some nice views of downtown from this point.....its great watching the city below.



    And some good views of some other targets...erm..did I say targets? I meant ...erm..landmarks..:p



    There are some lovely pics of the interior of this place in its heyday , here...
    I hope there's still a little bit of that to see when I go back.. :)


    #1 Downfallen, Aug 7, 2008
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