: ' London curiosities'

Black face of St. George

Quite why a church has remained on this site since 1122 I do not know. It just shows the tenacity of the area’s residents that St. George the Martyr on Borough High Street is the third [...]

The Admiralty Citadel

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the largest sea-borne invasion in history. On 6th June 1944 little short of 7,000 vessels were used to transport troops and equipment in a counter offensive against Hitler’s German occupation [...]

Romancing the Stone

In a few months time the Scots go to the polls to decide if they wish to break with England. Should they make this historic break we can only hope the split is amicable and they let [...]

The Leaning Tower of Rotherhithe

If you know where to look London still has evidence that once it was a great maritime port. Anne-Marie Nankivell author of The Londonphile writes in this Guest Post, not of the iconic cranes standing unused [...]

Skeptic Tank

Londoners delight in urban myths: Where is Lord Lucan; Did they buy the right ‘London’ Bridge; How much do cabbies earn. But one myth is so neat it might actually have a ring of truth – [...]

Beavering away

Before CrossRail cabbies would pass the rear of Henry Heath’s Hat Factory as they negotiated the ‘Dirty Dozen’ twelve roads that once connected Regent Street with Tottenham Court Road. I’ve often glanced at the decorated tradesmans’ [...]

London’s Lighthouse

With its sinuous curves and gentle shoreline an aid for stricken mariners is not what you would expect to find beside the Thames. Alan Kean from the website Isle of Dogs Life has written a guest post [...]

Best apps for London

here was a time when passengers sitting in the back would strike up a conversation: “Did you see the game last night?” – No, I didn’t; “Will Arsenal win the cup?” – No, it won’t; “Have [...]

The London Beer Flood

The spot where Freddy Mercury stands strutting his stuff, was one of the most deprived areas of London, and the scene of the Capital’s most bizarre tragedy – the London beer flood. Before New Oxford Street [...]

Horsing around

ondon is often likened to just a collection of villages and with one area just south of Paddington has given itself the title of Connaught Village, but with the machine gun totting police it’s not like [...]