I’ve got an inspection this morning at 9 am and then getting on a plane.
Heading to London. See you guys in London soon.
Hey guys, turned up in London. That’s my mom’s house. That’s my mom’s garden. Look how cool this is. She actually had this redone recently. It’s like a Japanese-sort-of-style garden that she did. This is a Victorian property. This was actually built in 1891.
Properties were built for small workers’ families. I don’t know if you can see here – just between the roof here – what’s happened is those people have almost kept the front of the roof because in London you have to keep it looking the same as it was built. At the back, they’ve blown the roof out with a dormer.
This road was built for the Great Exhibition. So, in the Victorian times, the rich Victorians who were conquering the world decided to show off their wealth and their architecture and their different designs. There’s a few roads in this area of London…
…which were built within a couple of years and they got a couple of architects to showcase their designs. So, the streets look almost identical.
One change to that, obviously, is that London was heavily bombed in the Second World War so you’ll see old Victorian homes –
brick-built, brick-built, brick-built – and then you’ll see a 1960’s structure. So what happened here – and I know this because I used to live on this road – is there was a line of bombs that came straight down here, cut through. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!
If you look at the streets behind, the same. All newer buildings. Sometimes they were built very cheaply because the UK, at that time, was on rations and needed to build affordable housing very quickly for people.
It’s amazing next to it, some Georgian. That’s probably 300 years old.
It’s definitely something I really appreciate is that sort of history and the brick-built, you know, long-lasting nature of buildings.
Having now lived in L.A., where obviously everything has to be up to code and everything for earthquakes needs to be built out of timber frame.
Looks like it’s going to be blown over by a strong gust of wind, but I know that that doesn’t happen. And actually when an earthquake starts to move, that structure moves with it. Whereas, if you look at the brick buildings around here, they would just crack and fall to the ground.
But I loved growing up here and I love this city.
I actually own a couple of properties here in London and I don’t think we’ll ever sell them.
Twenty-one people coming to see us. The origins of the red socks, Dad. There’s my dad turning up in his new car apparently.
Coming past your house, Dad. There it is, 66B.
It’s me and my granny.
Oh my goodness.
So I’m filming this, Granny.
Yes, you’re filming it.
Means that you might come out on one of my episodes and I’ll say ‘This is where I came from.’
Wow, who knew? Yeah, absolutely.
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.