Category: Westminster

Fine Dining, Weird Flicks, Homesick GIs: The Piccadilly Lights

I take a look behind the Piccadilly Lights: What buildings once stood on the block they're attached to? What tales can they tell from bygone times?

The Lives and Times of the Pall Mall Restaurant

Just how many high-class restaurants in the West End called the Pall Mall were there? And what became of them?

The City’s shadowy figure in the under-gallery

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.

Westminster Riverside: Arias never sung, bells never heard, a murder never solved

A 19th century riverside development opportunity close to Parliament would see a political club, unfinished opera house & the iconic New Scotland Yard.

The Bath Club: Royalty, Murder & Shunned Pastries

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.

Human Cannonballs, Dead Whales, Strongmen & Sombreros

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.

London’s Other Banqueting House

For almost two hundred years the Lord Mayor of London had his own Banqueting House - but it wasn't in the City of London.

Balloons, Gin & Sensible Knickers: The Story of the Pantheon

Why does a branch of Marks & Spencer have such a strange name? The answer can be found 250 years ago ...

The Shady World of Willy Clarkson

What stories can lie behind a simple blue plaque ... prepare to enter a murky world of blackmail, fraud and wig-making.

The Gaiety Theatre and the ‘Orchid Girl’ who never was

Surely, facts stated on a commemorative plaque are checked and rechecked before the plaque goes up. Apparently not.