The last ever residents, with the exception of the rats, will move out of Linstead Hall this weekend as College prepares for its demolition. The hall, which has housed former ICU Presidents such as Trevor Phillips, is to be replaced with a new Eastside hall complete with continental-style bar.
As a result of the demolition Harrington's Bar and Grill, the little-loved "replacement" for the old Southside bar, will shut its doors this evening after 2 years of serving cheaper drinks than the union. The new building will not be completed until Autumn 2009, leaving a gap in service provision on campus - on nights when the Union is charging there will be no place to grab a bite to eat or drink in the evening without paying for entry or suffering South Kensington prices. The current level of accomodation will be maintained by the opening of Southside in October.
Those around over the summer looking for some green space will be able to visit Prince's Gardens, which has now mostly re-opened. The sunken grass between the paths had been filling with water, however these drainage problems appear to have been solved. With the Queen's Lawn covered in a marquee Prince's Gardens is the only green space on campus for those too lazy to head to Hyde Park, but anyone wishing to make use of it over the summer may find it less than tranquil: the new Southside building is still being finished and Linstead will be demolished in short order. It also appears to have its own collection of mini-marquees at present after Exhibition Road events at the weekend.
Eastside is the last piece of the Prince's Gardens restoration project, which includes Ethos, Southside, Eastside and the refurbishment of the green space itself.