The Wanstead Guardian now has a story about the raiding and closure of the Wanstead Sauna, due (as Wansteadium pictured last week) to a magistrates order following “activities relating to one or more specified prostitution offences”.
Regular commenter on the paper’s stories, Rubbernecker of Walthamstow, comments:
Not that I have been there, honest, but I am told by a friend who also has not been there that this place has been there for over 40 years and if this is an example of ‘swift action’ by police to stamp out crime we have no hope!
He raises an interesting point – just how long has Wanstead Sauna been in business? Anyone who knows can e-mail in confidence to wansteadium[at]gmail.com
Photographer Ian Cowland discovered one way was to use a mono-pod to lean his camera right over the rails to get this almost literally arresting image. He writes that doing this is “frowned upon by employees of the London Underground” – so much so he was escorted from the premises. Imitation is not recommended. It is, however, a startling photo.
In case anyone was wondering why Wanstead Sauna is closed, a notice now pinned to the door explains:
(Click image to enlarge it.)
Ahh what a bit of design can do. For anyone who thought the former New Wanstead pub The British Queen (Gothic font, white on stark black) might feel a bit too earthy, its replacement might seem a bit more palatable. In a relaxed serif font on grey background, Queen’s – British Steak House and Grill.
UPDATE: Dolly Creative tweets in reaction:
UPDATE 2200: Mark Bentley adds: