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Old 22-11-2012, 10:55 PM   #86
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Dolphin Square is a block of private apartments and business complex built near the River Thames at Pimlico in London, between 1935 and 1937. At one time, the huge development was home to more than 70 MPs, and at least 10 lords. At the time of their construction the development was billed, according to Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as the "largest self-contained block of flats in Europe" and, to an extent, their design has been a model for later municipal developments..
Accommodation is provided in 13 'houses' each named after a famous navigator or admiral. At the south (Thames) side of the Square the houses are Grenville, Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins. Moving from the river up the west side, there are Nelson, Howard, Beatty, and Duncan. An hotel and administration offices, situated at the north side of the Square, is in Dolphin House, previously known as Rodney. Heading south from the hotel there is Keyes, Hood, Collingwood and Frobisher...
The estate contains a swimming pool, bar, brasserie , gymnasium, and shopping arcade. In the basement a launderette and car park. A tennis court and croquet lawn overlook the River Thames. Until 21 January 1970, London Transport bus route 134 showed PIMLICO Dolphin Square as a destination and actually terminated in Chichester Street.It provided a base for the Free French during World War II and number 308 Hood House was used by MI5 section B5 responsible for infiltrating agents into potentially subversive groups from 1924 to 1946

I wonder what the attraction can be? Must be the food. Yes, definitely the food...A little drudgery is good for wives, perhaps. The Dolphin lady may bee spoiled'

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