Campaigners have marked the temporary reprieve of threatened terraced homes and two popular pubs by holding a jolly promenade in Victorian costume.
Nominations from various community organisations and residents groups to have the Prince of Wales pub listed as an Asset of Community Value meant plans to knock it down and nearby Empress Place and the Imperial Arms pub were put on hold.
As a result a community day was organised by Earls Court Area Action Group (ECAAG) outside the Victorian-built Empress Place and Edwardian-built Prince of Wales on February 20.
Among those attending was ‘Her Majesty Queen Victoria’, and her son ‘The Prince of Wales’, after whom the Lillie Road pub, which is popular with Chelsea fans , is named.
The area is earmarked as part of the Earls Court development being carried out by Capital and Counties Properties Ltd (Capco).
The day saw the performance of street theatre and music hall songs from the Victorian era, and a rendition of God Save the Queen outside the Capco office in Lillie Square.
Cllr Wade said: “We are losing so much of our built heritage and sense of place in London that appreciating what we still have takes on an added significance”.
Empress Place comprises two rows of attractive Victorian workers’ cottages in Hammersmith and Fulham. On the corner is the Prince of Wales and a few doors up on Lillie Road is The Imperial Arms.
Both the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates Tenant and Residents Associations have nominated the pub, as have The Hammersmith Society, The Fulham Estate Residents Association and the Hammersmith Embankment Residents Association.
London Assembly Members Nicky Gavron (Labour), Darren Johnson (Green Party) London Mayoral Candidate Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat) have all written to Hammersmith and Fulham Council urging it to accept the nominations to make list the Prince of Wales as an Asset of Community Value.