My grandparents lived in Swan Mead, off Tower Bridge Road, and I spent many happy times there. I regret having gone back after the flats were demolished to see the wasteland that was left. I guess it has now been redeveloped - it looks like it from google earth but I can't find anything about it online. It is only a small road after all.
My great grandfather ran The Duke of Clarence, The Cross Keys & Railway Hotel, and The Albion, all in Blackfriars Road in the 1800's and I am trying to find out as much as possible about the pubs. I've had some success but if anyone has anything interesting I would like to hear it.
I suppose we can only hope that the new design is a bit less of a shameless bit of facadism. The previous scheme kept only the front of the chapel with no logical relationship to the rest of the scheme.