An urban view

Site Unseen: Colcutt Tower

At nearly 300ft. Colcutt’s Tower is higher than the dome of St. Paul’s [...]

Down Your Alley: Oranges and Lemons

Today we go all oranges and lemons, William of Orange could have had associations with Orange Yard. Nell Gwyn may have trudged down here on one of her excursions [...]

Site Unseen: Winfield House

On the eve of the arrival of America’s most controversial modern President, we’re looking at a house only accessible after interrogation by armed police officers [...]

Down Your Alley: The Elys

Those who commit crimes today are just as likely to be arrested in Ely Place as anywhere else. [...]

Site Unseen: St. Alphage, London Wall

The cleric refused to accede to their demands and in a drunken frenzy, the Vikings pelted the Archbishop with cattle bones [...]

The Angel

Travellers would rest here overnight rather than risk the open land between Islington and the City, which was infested by highwaymen and other thieves [...]

Down Your Alley: Sugar Bakers Court

He moved his business from this Court to a convenient location in Ludgate Hill, from there he could look out of his window and model wedding cakes on the spire of St Bride's church [...]

Peel House

After going some hundred yards, City Constable 212 jumped on to the back seat, and, seizing the reins, managed to stop it just as it was running into a railway van [...]

Site Unseen: Norman Shaw Building

So, there you have it, a sewer system, abandoned opera house, a dead body, a failed investigation and now home to our Honourable Members [...]

Down Your Alley: Great Scotland Yard

Curiously Scotland Yard to most is synonymous with London’s Metropolitan Police Force. Even some of their most famous, or infamous policemen had ‘of the Yard’ as a suffix to their names [...]