Slugs, snails & puppydog tails

Tunnel vision for cyclists

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 [...]

Subterranean shrine to silver

According to a 14th century law, all silver items over 7.78g must be hallmarked before sale to verify their purity, in those days forgers were hanged. Originally known as the Chancery Lane Safe Deposit, London’s oldest [...]

World’s most expensive teabag

. . . and other trivial facts about a Knightsbridge store that’s not in Knightsbridge but Brompton Road. Harrods opens its doors to 100,000 shoppers a day rising to 300,000 at peak shopping for Christmas, it [...]

The Thin Blue Line

Exactly 185 years ago on 30th September 1829 at 6pm the first Metropolitan Police Constables marched out onto the streets of London. Paid 21/- a week there was only 895 of them to keep order [...]

Bees, boots and baked beans

It is one of London’s most iconic stores and its origins happened upon a chance meeting of two men – a shop keeper and a footman to Queen’s Anne’s household. The result in 1707 was the [...]

Bees in the City

Have you noticed there are more bees in London? Me neither, apart from 10,000 that swarmed on a pyracantha bush at the bottom of my garden last May . Now I realise that we [...]

Churchill’s chair

It’s a little known fact that you can still find in smoke free London places where one can enjoy a cigar while drinking one’s coffee. St. James’s Street has some of the capital’s oldest shops, Locks, [...]

Jungle pigeons

It is a common misconception that cabbies always have their meal breaks in the green huts scattered around London. For those wishing to discuss England’s sporting woes or the decline of the cab trade these refuges [...]

Queen of Hell

Quite why at the age of 70 Elizabeth Gibbons decided to build an enormous house on the north side of Portman Square when she had a second home opposite remains a mystery. She could certainly afford [...]

London has no edges

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 [...]