A hazard to traffic for at least 700 years, this block of tenements had a remarkable ability to survive the disapproval of generations of Londoners.
The turbulent mayoralty of Sir Charles Whetham shows the pitfalls of assigning an important job by seniority rather than on merit.
By examining a minor criminal case in the City, I conclusively prove that the past truly is a foreign country
Can I find anything interesting about a 70-yard road which on the face of it has severely limited blog post potential? Read on to find out ...
In this post I examine the remarkable survival of St Giles-in-the-Fields almshouses, sited in what was for centuries one of the most deprived neighbourhoods of London.
For more than half a century the few blocks between Blackfriars and Whitefriars in the City's south western corner were dominated by the City of London Gas Light and Coke Company.
The centuries-old Fellowship of Free Porters couldn't survive the seismic changes of the Victorian era. I chart its chaotic and tragic collapse mainly through the eyes of newspaper journalists.
The problem of buildings falling down has existed since time immemorial. I've picked a selection of unusual incidents caused by poor design, subsidence or simple wear & tear.
A small courtyard just north of Ely Place in Holborn seems to have collected more than its fair share of fascinating myths and legends.
The Belle Époque produced some extraordinary London hotels. In this post I briefly consider the life and times of two of them - near neighbours in Bloomsbury.