Whilst walking across Wandsworth Common we spotted a building in the distance so diverted to take a look at it. We thought it might have been a big church and were hoping to go inside, but when we got there we discovered it was a building called the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building. Built in the mid-19th century, it was originally used as an “asylum for girls orphaned during the Crimean War” – despite the use of the word asylum, this was actually a school. It now contains flats, some small businesses and a restaurant called Le Gothique. After taking a couple of photos we headed to the Wandsworth branch of Waterstones, which is located inside the Southside Shopping Centre.
The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building