La Lanterna: The balcony scene

This is the work-in-progress on La Lanterna (the Brockley Road restaurant undergoing significant redevelopment).

Its Greco-Roman stylings have already got some readers quite exercised but although it’s not necessarily how we would choose to design our own shop front, it seems churlish to criticise when, for the first time in a long time, someone has shown a bit of ambition for this forlorn stretch of Brockley Road. We particularly admire the chutzpah of creating a balcony that overlooks the Brockley Barge.

With a bit of a paint job and the removal of the tatty flag and sign this could yet be a much needed patch of jollity in this dark, lonely world.