Just how many high-class restaurants in the West End called the Pall Mall were there? And what became of them?
The City Remembrancer, a role dating from 1571, is just one of the curious officials employed by the City of London Corporation. I walk the tightrope of political impartiality to explain what he does.
A 19th century riverside development opportunity close to Parliament would see a political club, unfinished opera house & the iconic New Scotland Yard.
For my second look at unusual gentlemen's clubs in London, I examine the Bath, a club so exalted that kings and their children swam and played squash there, yet forward-thinking enough to admit women from the outset.
It started as an attempt at the 'moral elevation' of the people and ended as an amusement palace. The story of the Royal Aquarium is full of curious tales and eccentric people.
For almost two hundred years the Lord Mayor of London had his own Banqueting House - but it wasn't in the City of London.
Why does a branch of Marks & Spencer have such a strange name? The answer can be found 250 years ago ...
What stories can lie behind a simple blue plaque ... prepare to enter a murky world of blackmail, fraud and wig-making.
Surely, facts stated on a commemorative plaque are checked and rechecked before the plaque goes up.
... at least for the observant historian. Oscar Wilde once said 'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.' Sometimes, it pays to look more thoroughly at the gutter.