By: Gibson - 10 October 2018 - 0 Comments

By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. Samuel Johnson, as quoted by James Boswell in The Life of Samuel Johnson [...]

By: Gibson - 20 November 2018 - 0 Comments

Johnson has become the capital’s favourite adopted son, he is the most quoted person in the English language after Shakespeare [...]

London Trivia: Black Friday
By: Gibson - 18 November 2018 - 0 Comments

Weekly nuggets of triviality posted every Sunday each with a short essay relating to the day in question along with 10 other pieces of useless information, read weekly or dip in and out [...]

By: Gibson - 17 November 2018 - 0 Comments

The examiners love to ask for these sort of points to see if you have located the position in the street. The Water Rats is no exception, founded in 1889 and limited to ‘members [...]

The London Grill: Lloyd Shepherd
By: Gibson - 16 November 2018 - 0 Comments

People who are always griping about London. If you don’t like it, do feel free to move [...]

London Books Review: Bradshaw’s London Guide
By: Gibson - 13 November 2018 - 0 Comments

The original volume was produced for visitors coming to the capital for the Great International Exhibition of 1862 [...]

London Trivia: Known only to God
By: Gibson - 11 November 2018 - 4 Comments

Weekly nuggets of triviality posted every Sunday each with a short essay relating to the day in question along with 10 other pieces of useless information, read weekly or dip in and out [...]

The Flag
By: Gibson - 09 November 2018 - 0 Comments

Just inside Westminster Abbey’s Great West Door in St. George’s Chapel there hangs a faded, flimsy Union Jack, this unprepossessing 8ft-wide flag is one of the poignant artefacts from the First World War. The flag [...]

By: Gibson - 06 November 2018 - 0 Comments

ondon’s first French-language terrestrial radio station broadcasts to the capital’s 400,000 native French speakers as a reminder of their own culture, but why are so many French institutions based around South Kensington? It’s a [...]

London Trivia: Big Ben’s little brothers
By: Gibson - 04 November 2018 - 0 Comments

Weekly nuggets of triviality posted every Sunday each with a short essay relating to the day in question along with 10 other pieces of useless information, read weekly or dip in and out [...]

By: Gibson - 03 November 2018 - 0 Comments

It had started at Manor House Station, so named, not after a baronial manor house, its bucolic grounds gently sweeping down to the nearby River Lea, but some long forgotten public house [...]