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The Secret Door

Here's an opportunity to discover Narnia in London, by going through a secret door and find that you are in a different world [...]

Gardiner’s Corner

Gardiner's was also the scene of the famous Battle of Cable Street [...]

London Books Review: Curiocity

Not so much Mao's Little Red Book, this tome runs to 450 A4 page and has been described as a love letter to the capital [...]

London Books Review: Bomb Damage Maps

The wealth of detail here was the result of the dangerous and distressing surveys undertaken by 'ruin recorders' in the aftermath of German bombing raids [...]

Train your Brain

I’ve always enjoyed writing but it wasn’t until I picked up one particular fare on an autumn evening some years back that I decided to take it seriously [...]

London for free

While London can certainly be pricey, whether you’re planning a weekend trip to the capital, there are still plenty of things to do on a budget, here are 20 London attractions you can visit for free [...]

London Books Review: London Taxi Driver Slang

My favourite is The Gas Works, summed up as The Houses of Parliament: hot air at extortionate prices [...]

A short drop

The Execution Bell, named in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons as “The Bells of Old Bailey“, now on display in St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate used to be rung around midnight outside the condemned cell. The St. Sepulchre’s [...]

Pootling around London

As a bonus, for your support, each month two long-form posts from my book Pootling around London, a travelogue about riding around London exploring the capital’s traditions, tripe and trivia, whilst undertaking The Knowledge will be [...]

Going Japanese

The idea that in 1885 there was a Japanese village located in Knightsbridge, the heart of bustling Victorian colonialism, may strike many as something more akin to today’s multi-cultural London [...]