: ' london maps'

The first A-Z

The story is almost certain in the main untrue, the first street-indexed map of London was drawn up in 1623 by John Norden [...]

All mapped out

You know how it is, you have been invited to a little soirée in Belgravia but, try as you might, you cannot find its location. This is what happened to Phyllis Pearsall one evening in 1935. [...]

Bomb Sights

In my house in suburban North London we had a joke about my Father’s war wound. Thankfully his war service concluded without injury, his garden fence on the other hand did not survive unscathed. Returning from [...]

City Limits

Ask any cabbie where the centre of London would be and you’ll get an unequivocal answer – The King Charles I Island in Trafalgar Square – there is even a plaque to prove this assumption. The [...]

Trap Streets

There is an apocryphal story which every generation of Knowledge students hears. It relates an appearance (test) when a Knowledge boy tells the examiner that you could turn right into Farringdon Street from Holborn Viaduct. The [...]

Dead boring

It’s the stuff of a science fiction writer’s dreams. Excavating in London one finds something buried that should have remained entombed forever. In the late 1950s BBC Television transmitted the Quatermass trilogy, culminating in Quatermass and The [...]

Order out of chaos

n CabbieBlog there are currently 180 posts and by far the most read has been a short introduction to London’s maps, so you might say that today’s contribution is back by popular demand. In any city [...]

Dying for a drink

The next time you find yourself in Soho, go to Broadwick Street where at one end you’ll find a village pump, while standing on the junction with Lexington Street is a pub rejoicing in the name [...]

Hexagonal London

  earful those cabbies might take their customers for a proverbial as well as a literal ride by overcharging; in the middle of the 19th Century a slightly fanatical Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries published [...]

Don’t ask me I’m lost too

aps define an area in more than the most obvious of ways. They define the landscape and the people that live within it. They allow us to make sense of its complexities. None more so than [...]