Exactly 185 years ago on 30th September 1829 at 6pm the first Metropolitan Police Constables marched out onto the streets of London. Paid 21/- [£1.05] a week there was only 895 of them to keep order in a city of […]
For a building built 50 years ago the BT Tower looks remarkably modern, entering the generous foyer it could be any number of offices that proliferate in this corner of Fitzrovia. It’s only when reaching the central core you realise […]
It has all the ingredients of a Grand Designs programme for Channel 4, Kevin McCloud walking through the rubble and telling viewers that the restoration of 121 Mortimer Road poses problems not seen before and unlikely to be featured on […]
At the Tate Gallery among the paintings by Constable and Monet was a sight stranger than any picture by Jackson Pollock which would later adorn its walls. Wearing his pyjamas an off-duty policeman dived into the 8ft deep flooded basement […]
For some time London’s cabbies have felt that TfL has not had their best interests at heart. Rickshaws, unlicensed minicabs, Uber, all illegal and all proliferating. Heathrow Airport understands the London cab’s iconic status [...]
We challenge our contributor to reply to ten devilishly probing questions about their London and we don’t take “Sorry Gov” for an answer. Everyone sitting in the hot seat will face the same questions [...]
It is London’s the worst kept secret, the MI6 building in Vauxhall, everybody knows that James Bond the epitome of a suave and sophisticated Englishman, but highly dangerous agent gets his assignments from within. [...]
Londoners love a nickname it’s what sets them apart from other cities’ occupants and the cohesion that draws them together. Recently we have started giving a moniker to many of London’s tallest and iconic [...]
Every month CabbieBlog hopes to show you a little gem of a building which you might have passed without noticing. This pre-war classic has three and a half million passengers passing through it each year. [...]
The Palace Theatre opened in 1891 as the Royal English Opera House by Richard D'Oyly Carte wanting it to be the home of English grand opera
What I’m Reading
The Urban Beekeeper: A Year of Bees in the City by Steve Benbow
Steve Benbow is a visionary beekeeper who started his first beehive 10 years ago on the roof of his tower block in Bermondsey and today runs 30 sites across the city. This hugely readable practical autobiography tells of his bees atop the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Fortnum & Mason and the National Portrait Gallery, and he supplies honey to the Savoy tearooms, Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
Proposal to erect two-hundred 650ft. wind turbines over an area larger than Manchester will dwarf views and threatens to lose England's only UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site - The Jurassic Coast.