IMG 6455i 460x270 - New on the Block - V&A Sackler Courtyard

The V&A’s £55m new courtyard: ‘Like a Marbella beach bar airlifted to South Ken.’ That’s the view of the Guardian! The V & A Aston Webb screen and entrance to the Sackler Courtyard. I didnt think anything of the sort I thought it was actually a normal sort of BritishRead More →

DSC 6797 460x270 - Best London Xmas lights?

Carnaby Street has, in my opinion, one of the best 2016 xmas decorations in London. Forget Oxford Street, Regent Street, New Bond Street and others, they’re just sort of bland. Carnaby Street is very different. For a start it embraces the very colours of Christmas and gives the whole streetRead More →

IMG 0155 460x270 - The Design Museum

The new Design Museum on its first day of opening As one of 500 children who passed through its doors daily when it first opened in 1962, I was interested to see how the old Commonwealth Institute would fare in 2016 as the new Design Museum. The new museum isRead More →

SthKenplans2016 367x270 - South Kensington station remodelling - a joke?

Plans are afoot for the remodelling of South Kensington tube station. See Ian Visits for full details. These include a revitalised platform (this is the disused platform on the north side), new staircases, lifts etc. There will be provision for improved access to the South Kensington subway. For the firstRead More →

IMG 0714 460x270 - The South Kensington Subway - Part 2

This is part two of a feature on the subway at South Kensington. Part one is here. Pavement Lights It seems there were originally six sets of pavement lights in the subway – including two small lights in the turn from the main tunnel to the steps leading into theRead More →

IMG 0618 460x270 - The South Kensington Subway

Its the most heavily used foot tunnel in the UK, carrying many millions of people, and a subway that links the tube station at South Kensington with the museums alongside Exhibition Road. Despite its huge popularity, very little is known about the South Kensington subway, and since it is aRead More →

IMG 9866 460x270 - Museum fish (2)

The original Museum Fish feature was a very popular post, a lot of people liked it when this blog was simply known as ‘London Aspie’ on It was published on 1st November 2013. This is a follow up and features those terracotta fish seen in the main museum’s shop.Read More →

IMG 3998 460x270 - Chinese handscroll paintings

The British Museum in London has a section featuring handscroll painting during this half term. Families are being encouraged to join in and paint these stylish illustrations, using brushes whose design have been around since the Ming dynasty.Read More →

More of the animals that adorn the Natural History Museum The hares and the dog can be seen on the main stairs in the museum The monkeys are everywhere – well almost! They adorn the largest arches. Many  can seen climbing right to the ceiling on the spines of bygoneRead More →

IMG 9354 460x270 - London's museum fish

Few people take pictures of these relief marine creatures in London’s Natural History Museum. They are up high on pillars – perhaps thats why! They are described as terracotta animals. Alfred Waterhouse, the museum’s architect, designed these fine representations of extinct marine life. These animals were created at the sameRead More →

dust 460x270 - The best London Tube photo ever?

Could this photograph from 1937 be the best ever composition taken on London’s tube? It’s certainly very unusual. The photographer, E.O.Hoppe, a German who settled in London, was noted for many iconic images of the time. Hoppe’s 1937 photo – British Museum station subway What is Hoppe’s photograph telling us?Read More →

d300 460x270 - A photography myth exposed

Flash photography is not permitted in many museums and art galleries. The main reason? Flash lighting damages works of art. I always thought this to be absolutely true. Seems it’s actually a fallacy that many public galleries have adopted with a strong belief. Flash does not damage art works. TheRead More →