Putney's Hidden Gems

Whilst the bridge is closed take time to discover new or old favourites

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Putney Bridge is currently closed for essential repairs but Putney Town Centre is open for business and would welcome you to come and discover the beauty of Putney, the great range of retail shops, fine restaurants and pubs, relaxing cafes, excellent entertainment and of course the river bank.

Each day during the bridge closure works the Town Centre Manager will identify a gem of Putney which she recommends you visit.

Week 5 - Focus on Putney High Street

Monday 11th - Putney High Street
In Tudor times Putney had a number of houses belonging to City merchants and members of the court. In 1617 there were 12 great houses but this number had doubled by 1664. Villas and artisan's cottages were added from the 1820s but many of Putney's buildings are Victorian and Edwardian. The major High Street houses were demolished in 1868-87 for the construction of shops.

Today, a wide selection of retail shops line the High Street alongside popular bars and restaurants. Putney High Street normally acts as a main route into central London but with Putney Bridge being closed it is enjoying far lower levels of traffic, and is currently a very agreeable High Street to wander along. If you haven’t visited for a while come and check it out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Gems from week 1

Gems from week 2

Gems from week 3

Gems from week 4

August 11, 2014