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City Slickers

Exclusively for Patrons, here is the start of the next chapter from my travelogue Pootling around London: Manor House to Gibson Square, again I hope you find it both amusing and informative [...]

Only Fools and Horses do The Knowledge

Opposite the destination are offices of the left-leaning Southwark Council, but when you’re in the heart of the BBC comedy classic Only Fools and Horses, what should those council offices be named? Why Winnie Mandela House [...]

A Mug at Christmas

I've survived ordeal by carbon monoxide and reaching Culling Circus is a relief, this curiously named roundabout must have got its title from the tunnel's ability to kill motorists who dwell too long in its cavernous [...]

I thought this was a urinal

With typical corporate stupidity, they tried to use their financial might to have the cabbie's shelter removed by the authorities, but they were told that the shelter had been there since 1880 and was staying put [...]

Either make it up or you put in an elephant

When Mick Jagger has shuffled off his mortal coil, a blue plaque could be affixed to number 48 commemorating a drugs bust, led by the head of the Chelsea Drug Squad, the curiously named Detective Sergeant [...]

Going South of the River for a shilling

They would ply for hire from designated locations along the Thames, with the cry of “Oars! Oars!” which later was forbidden as the cry could be confused by tourists with “Whores! Whores!” [...]

A watery grave

In what must be the most ostentatious property hereabouts, clad in what can only be described as large white Lego bricks, the Marine River Force headquarters, its museum displays everything a copper needs [...]

Racing down The River

Dickens went further to describe Tower Bridge’s construction as: the filthiest, the strangest, the most extraordinary of the many localities that are hidden in London, wholly unknown, even by name, to the great mass of its [...]

Rivers (don’t) run straight

Winston showed less respect for his wartime French ally - General de Gaulle, for the station Churchill chose to leave London was not Paddington for his final journey to Bladon near his ancestral home, but Waterloo, [...]

The River

It's the topographical feature that both divides and unites Londoners. Famously cabbies won’t cross it, but their predecessors, the watermen made their living crossing this dangerous highway [...]