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Friday 16 November 2007 12.26am
I have been intrigued by this building for years. I passed by this building almost every single day for the past 7 year, admiring the architecture and always wondering who lives there and what goes on inside. I wish I could have the opportunity to have a look inside !

I'm so glad I found so much information on this website.... just discover this SE1 community today !! This is amazing reading !!
Tuesday 22 January 2008 12.57pm
I know I'm a bit out of date, but when was planning permission approved for the conversion bit? wikpedia said it had been?
Saturday 8 November 2008 3.44pm
A glimpse inside Driscoll House courtesy of the 'urban exploration' crowd:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/itinerantchild/sets/72157608743404339/

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Sunday 9 November 2008 6.49am
ruudgull wrote:
I have always been intrigued by the building, although I must admit it does look like a set of a bad horror movie. Still its a fine edifice and shouldn't be knocked down, as it one of only a few buildings of character on the NKR. Has anyone stayed there?

Yes ruudgull, my sister lived there in the 50s when it was a home for young working women. I used to stay the odd night with her when she was babysitting me and I can remember how nice it was inside then and the girls used to have singalongs around the piano. It would be a shame for it to be demolished because as jan the old one says there are'nt many buildings left in New Kent rd with character.
Monday 10 November 2008 8.17pm
James Hatts wrote:
A glimpse inside Driscoll House courtesy of the 'urban exploration' crowd:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/itinerantchild/sets/72157608743404339/

beautiful pix....I would swear that this has been used as the set for some dystopian film (or ought to have been!)
Friday 14 November 2008 5.30pm
Paul your pictures are amazing!!!
Monday 17 November 2008 2.02am
Thanks for that link with the pictures James. Those took me back many years. I live in Trinidad and for the past 20 years I have visited London every 2 or 3 years and stayed at Driscoll House every time. I visited London again in early November 2008 and felt the disappointment in not being able to head straight for Elephant and Castle tube stop near Driscoll House as I landed in London. Both the exterior and interior of Driscoll House may seem "tired" and "dreary" to some, and the curtains might have been dull. But for me it was like entering another time in history. You could feel the character as you stepped into the building. When you sat down to dinner at those long tables you felt like you were a guest of a lord in an old castle. Often there were people there from all over the U.K. as well as other countries, benefitting from the low room prices and the free meals that went along with it. Meals were always very filling. The building was old, but the experience of staying there was unforgettable. I miss Driscoll House. Someone should lobby for Mr Driscoll to be given a post-humous knighthood.
Monday 23 March 2009 2.02pm
Does anybody have any current news on Driscoll House? Did it ever reopen? I hope everyone is doing well!
Monday 23 March 2009 2.26pm
acme wrote:
Does anybody have any current news on Driscoll House? Did it ever reopen? I hope everyone is doing well!

Take a look here:
http://www.hamilton-assoc.com/projects/project-89/

The Wikipedia page is interesting too!:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driscoll_House
Saturday 6 June 2009 3.37pm
Driscoll House from the top of the Strata tower:


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