DSC 1544 460x270 - Rolling Stones at Marble Arch #1

The Stones iconic image taken at Marble Arch in June 1963. The photographs were taken presumably as publicity material for their new single ‘Come On’ and the tweet below confirms it. In terms of crediting the photographer who took the pictures, Getty gives credit to Mary/Colleen Hayward but othersRead More →

IMG 6596 460x270 - Bayswater's 1861 Tram

George Francis Train was an American who introduced tramways (streetcars) in the States. In 1860 he came over to England to introduce his tramways which had been running in the USA for three decades. Train opened his first line at Birkenhead in 1860, followed by three short lines in LondonRead More →

maldn 460x270 - The Marble Arch Wheel

The Marble Arch Observation Wheel was one of the city’s most unexpected surprises of 2015. Yet barely anything of the wheel was mentioned by the media. Not one report on its construction or its opening it seems. The only time the wheel made the news was when it broke down.Read More →

IMG 9468 460x270 - Cool guys jumping!

Today I met these cool guys during a photo survey I was doing for my next blog. The photo of them is without a doubt my very first *jumpology* pic. Jumpology was a craze invented by photographer Philip Halsman in the fifites/sixties. The most famous photo in this series (& theRead More →

IMG 9659 460x270 - Paddington Bears by the canal

The Paddington Bears by the canal in…. Paddington, London, W2! All of them! There are quite a number of Paddington Bears around Paddington to commemorate the new Paddington Bear film starring Hugh Bonneville. This features all of the Paddington Bears to be found in Paddington, W2, with a particular focusRead More →

IMG 8501a 460x270 - Kensington Gardens Wildlife

A lovely day today, some pics from Kensington Gardens showing wildlife at leisure 🙂 A raven having fun in a bird bath formed by the recent heavy rains near the Inverness Terrace GateA squirrel poses on a seat alongside the North Flower Walk near the Lancaster Gate.Paddington Bear (aka Paws Engage) poses for touristsRead More →

IMG 7180 460x270 - Monet's 1871 Hyde Park painting location

Monet’s London Hyde Park painting of January 1871 – experts claim the location cannot be ascertained accurately due to artistic licence and a fair amount of alteration made post-production in his studio. It is agreed the view looks towards Lancaster Gate, however the foreground is said to be of aRead More →

IMG 9273 2 460x270 - Lartigue's London

The picture of Lartigue’s wife, Bibi, as seen in the Photographer’s Gallery. Titled ‘Bibi in London, October 1926,’ its Marble Arch as I discussed last week. The other exhibition pics, except London, are given much fuller credit. Poor curatorship or just sloppy ‘exhibitionism?’Read More →

IMG 7571 460x270 - The London Volunteer Cavalry in Hyde Park, 1804

A Hyde Park mystery! ‘A Review of the London Volunteer Cavalry and Flying Artillery in Hyde Park 1804,’ by unknown, (image at Wikipedia) is of great interest as it does not show a park that’s recognisable today. The 1804 location is sited above the Titchbourne valley at what is nowRead More →

IMG 8777 460x270 - Did someone actually mention the 'Serpentine River?'

The Serpentine River in London’s Hyde Park? There’s just no such thing in Hyde Park! How dare someone make any claims that there’s a ‘river’ in Hyde Park? Well, actually its very BRAVE these days for someone to mention things like rivers in Hyde Park! In tonight’s The London Standard‘s SusannahRead More →