London

gondolasfi 460x270 - Emirates cable car in miniature!

Budding model collectors have an opportunity to collect one of just 99 specially created models depicting London’s Emirates cable car! These are priced at £300 each – so make it quick before they sell out! The exclusive collectors models can be found at this LT Museum page. LT Museum says:Read More →

IMG 6028fi 460x270 - Hammersmith bridge's in such a state!

The oldest most upstream road bridge on the fully tidal section of the Thames suddenly closed a few days ago much to the anger of many. It however provided an opportunity for me to go and investigate exactly what ailed the bridge, especially as I have taken a number ofRead More →

tulipfi 460x270 - A nip in the bud?

The controversial 305m Tulip Tower was approved by by the City of London Planning and Transportation Committee held in London’s Guildhall yesterday – with 18 votes for and 7 against. The next stage is to see whether The Mayor approves it too. He has approved some rather objectionable buildings soRead More →

IMG 0171fi 460x270 - Up on the rooftops - again

Yep! Three times in a week. It’s not as much as some others who have been doing the same as I have. This is the task of chasing the proverbial magical ark of photographs on the rooftop of 120 Fenchurch Street. More people are finding it a place where seriousRead More →

IMG 9936fi 460x270 - City Spires & Towers #9

In the previous City Spires & Towers post seven months ago, we had a look around Aldgate, Bishopsgate and the Undershaft. Once again we are in that area and this time its all about a new building that has just opened to the public. Yes its 120 Fenchurch Street andRead More →

DSC 4633xfi 460x270 - 120 Fenchurch Street

This is London’s newest vantage point! Its been open on an ad hoc basis since the summer of 2018 to local workers and organisations, and the original plans were for it to open in the late summer of 2018. Things got a bit delayed and Valentine’s Day 2019 was theRead More →

dgivllrfi 460x270 - The ghosts of London Blogs past #3

The third and fourth blogs to be featured in this brief series are Ian Visits and Diamond Geezer. The former began life purely as a blog just like others. Over time it developed into a more serious proposition with advertising as a means of generating revenue, whilst Diamond Geezer hasRead More →

dgivllrfi 460x270 - The ghosts of London Blogs past #2

Two days ago I wrote about Londonist. Today its the turn of London Reconnections. The other two, Ian Visits and Diamond Geezer follow later. These three blogs besides Londonist, especially London Reconnections, couldn’t be in any more contrast yet in a lot of ways they are more down to earthRead More →

dgivllrfi 460x270 - The ghosts of London Blogs past

This, my first feature of 2019, takes a look at the past. Yes that of those friendly London blogs right at the very top of the net ratings! We all know of these, Londonist, London Reconnections, Ian Visits, and Diamond Geezer and what they are about. These sites have noRead More →

IMG 8138fi 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 →