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The Battleship Building, 179 Harrow Road, Paddington Basin, London, EnglandOne from the archives of Open House London, taken last year. This was one of my favourite buildings of last year. The rest of building was a joy to visit but this staircase was the 'Icing on the Cake' for me. Such inner beauty and curves. It almost had the feeling of being on a cruise ship from the 1920's with its lavish art deco decor, I suppose that it maybe why its called 'The Battleship Building'. It almost ironic though that name as although on the outside it has a very aggressive, grey exterior the internal part, especially this spiral staircase it is completely different. This building however has not had it plain sailing (excuse the pun) as it was derelict and in a state of repair for many years and they had several images dotted around the building of the staircase all covered in graffiti. This was caused partly due to the illegal raves that occurred in it in the 1990s, hard to image this now as the place is immaculate. I think I prefer the building this way but I know many Urban Explorers would disagree with me on this. If this building was not saved I am sure it would have be demolished and put in its place some boring and characterless residential development.

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