: ' London curiosities'

Marking Time

In addition, some officers added their initials and even their full name. [...]

Four chairs

So, naturally, the tour was given an ‘artistic’ slant and curiously featured some of the capital’s chairs [...]

Bismarck’s Bench

A delighted Bismarck was given a half-flagon full of their finest [...]

Ferryman’s seat

A short walk from Shakespeare's Globe is Bear Gardens near its original location is a ferryman's seat. [...]

Curzon, a Place of death

He famously drove his lilac Rolls-Royce into a swimming pool, in fact, his own garden pond [...]

Before there was a Marble Arch

So why is this large roundabout with its inverted green horse, used by locals as a respite from Primark called Marble Arch? [...]

Mummified Londoners

The real head was displayed in the same case for many years, but became the target of repeated student pranks including being stolen on more than one occasion [...]

The Rents

For some time I've been trying to find the origin of the 'Rents'. [...]

The Churchill Clock

Bracken House is to be found sandwiched between Distaff Lane, Friday Street, Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street and is named after Brendan Bracken a close friend of Winston Churchill so close so rumour was that [...]

Bandstand in the sky

I don’t know why, but I’ve always found this little enclave on the edge of the City a little sinister. The badly lit roads are narrow with the tall grimy red-brick tenements seemingly to bear down [...]