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IMG 0300fi 460x270 - Marylebone station's anniversary

The 120th anniversary! The first official train left Marylebone 9th March and the station opened to the public 15th March 1899. The London terminus was to be a grand one, both for the Midlands, the North and even a rail link to an early Channel Tunnel! The Great Central wasRead More →

DSC 0687 460x270 - Portman Day Nursery, NW8

The former Portman Day Nursery in Salisbury Street, London, NW8 The centre in Salisbury Street, Marylebone, was opened by Lord Stonehaven on 13 July 1939. Its one of London’s least known art deco buildings. It was constructed for the St Marylebone Health Society. The centre as originally built in 1938.Read More →

IMG 4029 460x270 - Divers at Floating Pocket Park

General view of the Floating Park Saturday 29 April 2017 Sign warning of divers at work! Divers were at the Floating Pocket Park this weekend, on what is clearly a difficult job. Getting the modular pontoon floats in position ready to be pulled underwater. Their task is to place moreRead More →

woodla10 460x270 - Central Line - beyond Caxton Road

This is a slight update of the article first posted two years ago featuring the Central Line around Wood Lane and White City and shows how the area has changed and previously overground section of the Central Line are now underground. The header image shows the Central Line tracks asRead More →

DSC 0978 460x270 - Floating Pocket Park progress

Several days ago I wrote of the Floating Park in Paddington – that there seemed to be some issues with the pontoons & weight mass which was causing everything to go uneven. I revisited the basin this evening and it seems some of the problems have been sorted although barelyRead More →

DSC02998 460x270 - Trafalgar Square kids & pigeons 1920-40s

This is a two-part compilation of tweets and photos featuring young people, kids, friends and even their parents with the world famous pigeons and fountains Trafalgar Square in the days of old, up to the 1980s. One of these is me with my mum…. The Square’s pigeons were a classicRead More →

DSC 0326 460x270 - A floating mess at Paddington?

General view of the uncompleted floating gardens looking towards Edgware Road. In September last year plans were announced for London’s first Floating Gardens to be based on the canal in Paddington right by where the basin meets Edgware Road. Have you heard about the plans for a floating garden onRead More →

IMG 2970 460x270 - Ear Lane

Ear Lane SE1? London certainly has some interesting street names! Drive (or cycle or jog) no faster than 20mph and you might get a sympathetic ear! Although this one doesn’t seem to feature on any maps its found very near the Tate Modern. Does it refer to an ear ofRead More →

IMG 0719 460x270 - Lennox Gardens Mews

A pretty scene in Lennox Gardens Mews, SW1, earlier this year. Lennox Gardens Mews is a part of the expanded Hans Town area sited between Knightsbridge and Chelsea. Hans Town itself was named after Sir Hans Sloane who bought the manor of Chelsea from William Lord Cheyne in 1712. TheRead More →

DSC 6435 460x270 - City Spires and Towers #1

A new occasional series looking at the City of London’s classic spires and how most are now dwarfed by skyscrapers. The ultimate aim of this project is to find spires that are not dwarfed by towers. There are hardly any! Those that have not been previously affected are finding newRead More →

DSC 0772 460x270 - Fujiko Nakaya's London Fog

Following her installation at Pero’s Bridge in Bristol, Fujiko Nakaya has come to London with her famous fog sculptures. Fog sculptor Fujiko Nakaya has a misty moment outside @tatemodern : https://t.co/2cw7atYNdp pic.twitter.com/KdKy8M3fot — Wallpaper* (@wallpapermag) March 26, 2017 Her work is at the Tate for just ten days as partRead More →

DSC 4548 460x270 - Tommy and Mary

Tommy & Mary at Debenhams, Oxford Street 18 March 2017 ‘Twas getting quite dark for pics – had to manage the best I could with my ancient digital camera! Tommy & Mary official website Tommy & Mary on Instagram Tommy & Mary on Facebook Tommy & Mary on You TubeRead More →

DSC 3096 460x270 - Peter Blake in Knightsbridge

Our Fans by Peter Blake, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge Green. Blake’s work seen from the entrance to Knightsbridge tube station The huge collage was launched in mid January 2017. The Mandarin Oriental’s press release says: ‘Our Fans, the largest artwork Sir Peter Blake has ever created, is a collage ofRead More →

DSC 2637 460x270 - A Shocking Size Zero Tardis!

Here’s another size zero Tardis – and this one should have the award for the most emaciated of the remaining eight or so slim style police call boxes in London. This one is in Grosvenor Square opposite the US Embassy – and what a shameful sight the box is. Around 2010 itRead More →

DSC 2589 460x270 - The attempt to see Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s statue is in the middle of an inaccessible traffic island… I’ve often peered at it from one of the numerous buses that ply up and down Park Lane. As the seasons turned to spring I took a snap decision courage to pay Byron. It was already getting darkRead More →

DSC 1864 460x270 - Wet Glass #3

Following the popular ‘Wet Glass’ (Oct  2015) and Wet Glass #2 (Jan 2016) here’s some more wet glass! This time its variations on a theme 🙂Read 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 →

IMG 1174sml - Centre Point - Day & night

Two views of Centre Point (shrouded in sheeting of course) from a similar viewpoint in Charing Cross Road during 2016. I used different lenses for each composition. The daytime shot was taken with my rare 28-105mm hybrid Canon lens. My 40mm f2.8 lens was used for the night shot. TheRead More →