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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 →