Reign of the Swiss Cottage terror

Swiss Cottage window sill

I have a fixation with windows – I find them very aesthetically pleasing. I seem to always photograph them, and it’s no wonder that when I was trying to find a photo of one of our first apartments in London, that this was what came up.

There was a time in our lives that we refer to as the Reign of the Swiss Cottage terror. It began when we first arrived in London. We were looking for rooms, more specifically house shares to save some money. We took up temporary accommodation for the first three weeks before we found an ad for a room at Regency Lodge – a block of apartments in a suburb called Swiss Cottage in central London.

We signed the contract quickly, fearing that someone else would snatch up this room. It was relatively cheap for us and we were going to be house sharing with three other tenants – we thought it would be a good gateway to meet other people in London.

Unbeknownst to us, we had just signed up to a horrible living situation. It was a great beginning, we all got along well but things began to turn sour quickly. Our roommates despised each other and we were caught in the middle. There were screaming matches, slamming doors, banning us from showering after 12am, coercing us to kick out a friend, broken toilets and at one point even rats. I believe we stayed there for a total of 5 months. We were so happy when we moved out and got a place of our own (see our Maida Vale apartment).

However, despite all the drama and poor living conditions, were it not for Regency Lodge we would have never been able to meet some incredible life long friends.

Photo: Taken with a Lens baby. Window sill at our old apartment in Regency Lodge, Swiss Cottage. My shoes were on the sill as I was trying to dry them after they got drenched from a hiking trip in Wales.

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