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 […]
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 […]
For some time now I have been meaning to visit the National Gallery’s summer exhibition – Making Colour, claimed by the organisers to be the first exhibition of its kind in the United Kingdom. The ability [...]
Pity the poor double glazing salesman who tries to convince the owners of Bloomsbury House to install windows in the bricked in recesses of their house. They are the result of tax-dodging the precursor [...]
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 [...]
For a company which was once producing propaganda for Britain’s most seismic social change W. F. Arber & Co. was remarkably old fashioned, having hardly changed in over 70 years. Much has been written [...]
Seven people died by falling off the monument to the Great Fire of London before the safety rail was built
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.