South London is home to some of London’s most beautiful sights. There’s the Albert Bridge in Wandsworth, the David Bowie memorial in Brixton and the ‘Out of Order’ sculpture in Kingston. Believe it or not, there’s also a road in South London that’s remained untouched for centuries.
Roupell Street is less than five minutes Waterloo Station, but it couldn’t be more different from the concrete jungle that surrounds it. The street and its surroundings were designed by John Roupell in 1824, a metal merchant and it hasn’t been touched since.
Not only that but it has also been one of the most sought after streets to film on in Britain, appearing in a number of iconic TV shows including EastEnders, Doctor Who, Call the Midwife and Mr Selfridge.
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The street also featured in the iconic film Legend with Londoner Tom Hardy and was the original family home for the Mitchell’s in EastEnders. In fact, Dame Barbara Windsor filmed her final moments as Peggy Mitchell alongside her on-screen son Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden).
It’s thought that in the past around 20 Londoners would fit into a dwelling on the street at once – nurses, teachers, blacksmiths, butchers, and builders all under one roof. Over the course of nearly two centuries, Roupell Street has also survived major railway expansions, the Blitz and stayed out of the grasp of housing developers.
The street isn’t just reserved the rich and famous, however, with it being home to the King’s Arms, an award winning traditional pub. The establishment even got the recognition of Time Out, who described the street as ‘impossibly handsome’ and the nicest pub in the area.
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