Harry Amos works for the family company, Lassco, which specialises in architectural antiques, salvage and curiosities. It was established at St. Micheal’s, Shoreditch in 1977 and soon made it’s move to Bermondsey and Vauxhall. The company has salvaged architectural pieces and antiques from the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Savoy and virtually every other Grand Hotel of note. Key to the survival of the company and it’s contribution to the rejuvenation of London neighbourhoods, has been its ownership of the freehold of its buildings - all historic, characterful and cunningly located in accessible and developing areas.
“I like Bermondsey, it's a strange area… The people who live here, they never really left.”
Bermondsey is situated in south London, and is part of the London Borough of Southwark. From the mid-19th century large parts of Bermondsey, especially along the riverside had become a notorious slum due to the arrival of industrial plants, docks and immigrant housing. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Bermondsey’s wharves were redeveloped significantly, sparking a renewed flow of creatives and craftsmen to settle in the developing neighbourhood. While the neighbourhood’s riverside houses some of London’s better known attractions (Tower of London, The Shard, Butler’s Wharf), the area surrounding Bermondsey Street and the arches running underneath the railway now contain some of the neighbourhood’s most interesting and influential new spaces. With a rich community of young creative people dedicating exceptional attention to true craftsmanship, artisanship, and the neighbourhood’s heritage, Bermondsey has become a place that continues to inspire the contemporary London lifestyle.