: ' London curiosities'

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 [...]

Black face of St. George

Quite why a church has remained on this site since 1122 I do not know. It just shows the tenacity of the area’s residents that St. George the Martyr on Borough High Street is the third [...]

The Admiralty Citadel

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the largest sea-borne invasion in history. On 6th June 1944 little short of 7,000 vessels were used to transport troops and equipment in a counter offensive against Hitler’s German occupation [...]

Romancing the Stone

In a few months time the Scots go to the polls to decide if they wish to break with England. Should they make this historic break we can only hope the split is amicable and they let [...]

The Leaning Tower of Rotherhithe

If you know where to look London still has evidence that once it was a great maritime port. Anne-Marie Nankivell author of The Londonphile writes in this Guest Post, not of the iconic cranes standing unused [...]

Skeptic Tank

Londoners delight in urban myths: Where is Lord Lucan; Did they buy the right ‘London’ Bridge; How much do cabbies earn. But one myth is so neat it might actually have a ring of truth – [...]

Beavering away

Before CrossRail cabbies would pass the rear of Henry Heath’s Hat Factory as they negotiated the ‘Dirty Dozen’ twelve roads that once connected Regent Street with Tottenham Court Road. I’ve often glanced at the decorated tradesmans’ [...]