Saturday 19 August 2017 10.52am
A friend and I worked empty building security in the Regent's Park Diorama building sometime around '93, for about a year:
Always a struggle to make comfortable with no heating; in the winter the walls used to run with water with the temperature difference inside and out. We made the best of it, converting two adjacent rooms with huge ceiling heights into living spaces, including a rescued pool table from the local pub that was closing down. Then, as now, with me being a collector/hoarder of interesting furniture and collected objects from my travels it always looked nice, but we suspected we had a rat issue after watching them dive in and out of holes in the garden outside similar to what I read here.
We knew for certain one night when my mate, sleeping in the room which had the kitchen awoke to the sound of the sturdy Victorian era door rattling back and forth. In the morning with saw the teeth marks of the rats trying to break through it.
We put in an immediate request for an inspection. A week later a tall, haunted looking chap turned up who spoke very little and from what we could deduce did little more than merely walk around the building, we never found sign of traps or poison. Following his visit, all the rats disappeared!
A fascinating building and time to live in London as so much high end property remained empty.