IMG 8138fi 690x495 - Let's talk about Twenty Two

London’s tall buildings are often a talking point and the Shard has held that place for quite a bit of time. Now its the turn of number 22 Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street station. Its a huge, huge building, and so we need to talk about this, the second tallest buildingRead More →

IMG 6050fi 690x495 - The München Looping Returns

This year’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – the festival’s 12th year – also sees the return of the Olympia Looping or as we in Brexit angst England know it – the München Looping, or if you prefer, the Munich Looping – is back for a third year. Very littleRead More →

CC89203 3323609 690x495 - The Elizabeth Line touts its first closures!

In true British railway fashion, the new Elizabeth Line is destined to suffer the same ignominy as all of Britain’s other railway lines. Come December 2018 the new railway opens with fanfare… and then almost immediately it closes! Is this the Elizabeth Line’s first practice run at bustitution? Crossrail’s notRead More →

IMG 0540fi 690x495 - Thames Embankment opened 150 years ago

Its 150 years exactly since the Victoria Embankment opened to the public. The date in question was Thursday 30th June 1868 and the ceremony took place at Temple Stairs. The main official opening itself did not take place for another two years however. For the first time ever in JulyRead More →

DSC 6415fi 690x495 - City Spires & Towers #8

A couple of revisits in this year’s first posting of City Spires & Towers. The biggest change is perhaps 22 and 100 Bishopsgate which more than a year ago were still mostly concrete skeletons with far less height than now. The enormous changes on Bishopsgate has invariably changed the areaRead More →

DSC 5899fi 690x495 - New look for St James' forecourt

Today’s news is the historic palace which has one of the few Tudor structures left in London, will get a new prospect. The present road layout is to be replaced by an island that will bring ‘dignity’ to the palace. The project is to start this week. As I wasRead More →

DSC01121 690x495 - London's world of waterways

Just a short post! I’m not able to type well at the moment due to possibly strain injury – instead of the usual lengthy tomes (yes there’s more waiting to be finished and published…) it was decided a thumb-through of the very first decade of the magazine Waterways World wouldRead More →

IMG 3432fi 690x495 - London's Low Line (Part 2)

This is the second part of the Low Line article. As I mentioned in the previous post, the Low Line route at Great Suffolk Street is perhaps the most confusing part. Three different routes along the numerous railway viaducts – the official Low Line guide is quite incomplete when itRead More →

IMG 3028 690x495 - London's Low Line

Bankside’s Low Line is London’s response to New York’s High Line. Instead of walking along the top of railway viaducts this takes one along the bottom of the many viaducts that populate the area south of the Thames. It may come as a surprise that the Low Line if you’veRead More →

DSC 0581fi 690x495 - Reshaping London's tube for the future

Two new tube lines for London – without anyone really noticing! I actually wrote this in November last year on top of the series covering the Piccadilly Line’s extension to Cockfosters, but put it aside as I decided I wasn’t authoritative or knowledgeable enough to discuss such matters. I evenRead More →