Avoid like the plague

Smutty Streets

It is reputedly the talk around the table of every Islington dinner party – house prices. That might be so but the residents of one N1 street are probably less willing to discuss their good fortune. [...]

Mole Man resurfaces

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 [...]

“Can I bring my budgie?”

. . . and other bizarre requests made of London Cabbies Cabbies in London get to see all walks of life. In fact, you never quite know who you’ll get in the back of your cab [...]

Run for the Hills

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 [...]

Last gasp

Great Marlborough Street was named in honour of distinguished soldier and statesman John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. But his name has become a byword for rocky canyons, dramatic sunsets, rugged mountains and manly imagery known [...]

A Quack’s Cure

Lionel Lockyer is not a person on everybody’s lips these days, but there was a time his name or at least his product was on the lips of every well heeled person in Georgian London. For [...]

Mayfair’s leering peer

When the Les Enfant terribles of apparel arrived at London’s centre of bespoke tailoring of all places opposite Prince Charles’s tailor the makers of sartorial elegance were up in arms to protect their image. Even worse [...]

Ghost lights

Do haunted theatres exist? Many actors believe so, and say they have experienced the supernatural for themselves. It is this belief that theatres have ‘ghost lights’ which are placed centre stage when the premises are unoccupied. [...]

Twenty punters I’ve tolerated

. . . and one that made it all worthwhile Haley Forest wrote a scurrilous, if amusing piece for the Thrillist website about 15 cabs you’ve been definitely been in and argued that London’s cabbies are [...]

Gold shoulder

I have been a member of the National Trust for the best part of 40 years, and over that time I’ve lost count of the number of scones and cups of coffee that I have consumed [...]