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When I were a nipper

When I were a nipper at about this time of year we would go up West to see the annual pantomime at the London Palladium. In the early 1950s, the Palladium would always have its annual [...]

I’m the Only Running Footman PH

London still has many pubs left that are worthy of a visit. Most have the usual generic names: Red Lion, Royal Oak, Builder’s Arms or King’s Head. But one to be found in Mayfair has what [...]

Dark Satanic Mills

Food producers adulterating our food is a recurring problem and the practice has gone on for centuries. When the Albion Flour Mills opened the traditional millers – who feared the factory would drive their wind and [...]

Pagans, prostitutes and paupers graveyard

There is a small plot of land in Redcross Way that must rank as one of the most melancholy places in London. For buried within an area of less than ¼ acre lie 15,000 souls. For [...]

London’s Beer Flood

The scene of the capital’s most bizarre tragedy - the London beer flood [...]

London books review: Abstracts of Black Cab Lore

Who is it that hunts in a pack but is unseen by all? [...]

The Curse of Falstaff

But the strangest fact about this area is that businesses fail to thrive with a turnover rate far higher than elsewhere [...]

Bonaparte’s Body Parts

In 1916 the descendants sold his collection of Bonaparte's artefacts to a British rare book firm [...]

London Books Review: The Great Trees of London

There are not many times in a person’s life when they know precisely what they were doing on a particular day and time [...]

Welsh dairies

J. Evans Dairy a Grade II listed building on the corner of Warren Street and Conway Street. Built 1793 and tiles circ. 1916 a rare surviving example of a Welsh dairy. T IS A CUT THROUGH [...]