The Everyday Story of a City Wharf

The everyday story of the last surviving Thameside warehouse in the Square Mile, featuring tea, Frankenstein, arson, frost fairs, John the pony and Timothy West.

Anyone for (Real) Tennis?

The heyday of real tennis was in the 16th and 17th centuries. I take a look at its physical history, and what there is of a physical present in London.

Ten Ways to Name a Church

How the citizens of the City of London created unique identifiers to help differentiate the 100+ churches in the Square Mile.

Every Dog Must Have His Day

Having earlier written a post based entirely on architecture related to cars, I've now tried my hand at something similar for man's best friend.

The London Wanderer’s Top Three Business Opportunities 2021

With tongue at least partially-in-cheek, let me propose three possible post-Covid business opportunities in the heart of the City.

Islington Sphinxes & Other Curios

They may be rare, but there are some weird and wonderful examples of Ancient Egypt influencing London architecture.

Drowning in Beer, Trading with the Enemy & Murdering the Manager

Tales of disaster, shootings and musical comedy - an everyday story of a London corner.

Lesser Fleas

Nothing to do with fleas, nor even the plague. Instead, I describe another two of those administrative curiosities that London seems to specialise in - the Inner and Middle Temples.

James Townsend’s Legacy

Was he a liberal reformer and the first black Lord mayor of London, a figure to be celebrated, or an imperialist unaware of his own ethnicity? Read on to discover why I don't really answer the question.

Architecture of the Automobile

Never mind your local supermarket petrol station, London has some architectural gems created in the service of the internal combustion engine.
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