London has a labyrinth of disused tunnels. In this Guest Post from Taxi Leaks the licensed taxi trade’s leading website. Dave Davis has come up with a novel way of protecting cyclists while freeing up some much needed space on […]
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 […]
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 […]
One of my favourite London films is Brannigan, starring John Wayne as a Chicago detective. It is as if Visit London had commissioned Paul Greengrass to direct a travel documentary aimed at American tourists. Fast paced it has The Duke […]
Rarely do I find myself in this illustrious road, which within it are the Russian and Israeli embassies, a palace and a house owned by the founder of London’s most famous up-market estate agents. [...]
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 [...]
There is an apocryphal story which every generation of Knowledge students hears. It relates an appearance (test) when a Knowledge boy tells the examiner that you could turn right into Farringdon Street from Holborn [...]
Miles Coverdale who supervised the production of the first complete bible in English in 1535 was once Rector of St Magnus the Martyr
What I’m Reading
Dirty Old London: the Victorian Fight Against Filth by Lee Jackson
This is the story of a forgotten world, a world in which it was normal for the streets to be two-foot-deep in mud, for hats to turn black simply from being worn outside and for tap-water to be deemed drinkable as long as the half-glass of brown sediment it contained had sunk to the bottom. In short the perfect Christmas read.
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What I’m Reading
London by Edward Rutherfurd
In this huge tome so many peoples' stories are told you have to keep consulting a chart at the front listing the names of the 131 characters belonging to some 7 families, who intermarry, make fortunes, sink to poverty, act heroically, practice villainy, fight duels, worship God, counsel kings, preach sermons, build cathedrals, write poetry and do all the other things that have made London's history for more than two millenniums.
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.