Nine Elms advent windows walk – 7 December

Eight Polys met outside Battersea Park station for a stroll around the local area taking in some of the Giant Advent Calendar windows, created by local artists and organised by the Nine Elms Arts Ministry. We particularly admired the first window at The Free Masons pub opposite the station. We made our way round the Battersea Exchange development and into the Doddington Rollo estate. Here the window near the community hub stood out for its clever combination of traditional nativity scene and local aspects, including a 344 bus, created in a three dimensional cut out.  After passing the windows at the library and St. Saviours church we made our way through Battersea Park, past the Peace Pagoda into the Power Station development. Unfortunately the coffee shop was closed but the lights on the chimneys and the Christmas decorations created a festive atmosphere. We proceeded through the development towards New Covent Garden Market and some more windows, the one in Linnaeum having been created by a member of my choir. By the time we passed in front of the new American Embassy building it was starting to rain. The walkers decided to make directly for Vauxhall station and miss the last section along the Thames embankment. While not all the windows were impressive, it was a pleasant evening doing something Christmassy which is proving rather difficult this year.