Cab, tup tup, jeepney or jitney; whatever you call them, when you’re lost, tired or just need to get somewhere fast, the taxi is a sight for sore eyes. Ever since motorised travel first came into use in the 19th […]
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 […]
I can remember my father telling of his surprise when the ‘newly completed’ elephant house at the London Zoo was vandalised. The structure up to that point was adorned with vertical flutes of poured [...]
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 [...]
The more observant among you might have seen that recently I’ve been reading The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis by Stephen Halliday. In it the [...]
In 2011 an amazing exhibit started at the Tower of London. Kendra Haste was commissioned to create wild animals representing the royal menagerie that roamed the Tower for centuries. This may seem quite strange, when [...]
Each month American Express Essentials present a selection of the most original travel and lifestyle trends with ideas from around the world. I was recently asked by them to contribute for their travel section [...]
The Monument stands on the site of St Margaret's, the first church to burn down during the Great Fire of 1666
What I’m Reading
Bizarre London: Discover the Capital's Secrets and Surprises by David Long
Much of this has been written before, some of it in David Long's other fascinating books. If you have not read any of his other works this is a tour of London's strangest and most intriguing locations written in Long's witty and engaging style. Ranging from architectural evidence of past incidents and stories of life beneath the city, to anecdotes of magic, mystery and murder, this is a perfect companion for the curious Londoner.
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