IMG 7910fi 460x270 - The GWR HST finale

The main part of the HST finale on 18th May took place in the late pm and early evening. My other post here, deals briefly with events earlier in the day. As I expected there was a huge turnout, I don’t really go in for these sort of events, butRead More →

IMG 4725fi 460x270 - Azuma & HST Finale

Today’s special post is about the Azuma finale. But they’ve only just started! Sorry, you’re right. This post should be about the last HST’s out of Paddington apologies! Today is the big day when HST’s bow out of main GWR services, and practically all the day’s services have been andRead More →

IMG 1237fi 460x270 - Paddington's Design Festival

This weekend the Design Festival begins with many locations London wide. For the first time Paddington basin is getting involved along with a number of other sites. Although today, Thursday 13th, was a launch event for participants, the exhibits are already up and running and can be previewed prior toRead More →

IMG 8807fi 460x270 - Colour Transfer at Paddington

This is a new art commission for the Paddington Basin area in the bit officially known as Paddington Central. “Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through herRead More →

DSC 0143 460x270 - Heathrow Dis-Connect

A quick post, mainly pics and a just few words on the last day of the Heathrow Connect service. From tomorrow (20th May 2018) TfL will be taking over the Heathrow Connect and it will be known as TfL Rail in readiness for the new line that’s dedicated to aRead More →

DSC 0157 460x270 - Flotilla at Paddington

The art installation known as Flotilla will be around for about three or so weeks at the Floating Pocket Park in Paddington Basin. These pictures were taken on the first night when the new display was switched on for the first time, this being 15 March 2018. The boats areRead More →

IMG 1903fi 460x270 - Ffestiniog Railway at King's Cross

The iconic setting under the large concourse roof at King’s Cross station was once again a setting for the famous Ffestiniog railway. Two of its locomotives plus the replica Ashbury carriage, built at Boston Lodge Works, formed the centrepiece of the exhibition just a month ago. The locomotives were Velinheli andRead More →

DSC 0229fi 460x270 - A little brrrit of London

A quick post tonight covering a little bit of London – a sort of zig zag photo tour in the cold and snow (but not always) as night marches on the city. The starting point is the same as two days ago – Little Venice and eventually finishes at PiccadillyRead More →

IMG 5299 460x270 - Sir Peter Blake's new paint job in London

Today (14 November 2017) one of the world’s most prestigious artists launched his latest commission. This happens to be a pair of barges on the Grand Union Canal at Paddington.Sir Peter Blake is the guy and many will know him as the artist who created the famous cover for theRead More →

IMG 4269fi 460x270 - London's Little Venice is not a Robert Browning creation!

It is often claimed Robert Browning came up with the idea the area he lived in should be known as Little Venice. At no time did he ever claim any notion of this nor did he write anything that indicated this should be the case. So who was it responsibleRead More →

DSC 0121 460x270 - London's tube stations that began life as a terminus

When one asks which tube stations are true underground termini, Brixton, Walthamstow (both Victoria Line) and Bank, Waterloo (both Waterloo & City Line), Elephant and Castle (Bakerloo Line) plus Heathrow Terminal Five (Piccadilly Line) will most likely come to mind. There were loads more underground tube station termini at oneRead More →

IMG 9369 460x270 - Paddington station's unusual walkway - retrospect

There has been so many visits to the Paddington station walkway page I decided to do this second bit. Its a sort of discussion/retrospect thingy – filling a few gaps – or maybe confuse people a bit more 🙂 As I have said its a shame this walkway was neverRead More →

DSC 0661 460x270 - Paddington station 1930s 'digital' clock

Paddington station 8 November 1933 – inauguration of its new station clock. Or ginauguration as the report says! Is there such a word? Nope! Probably means gigantic inauguration… It surprises me Paddington station had such a clock. It looks like a mechanical flip type, but its actually a rare typeRead More →

IMG 0237sml 460x270 - Paddington station's unusual walkway

Long before any improvements took place at Paddington station there was an unusual pedestrian route which crossed the tops of the station canopies in order to access the suburban platforms. This little known pedestrian access walkway has never been written about which is a shame. I used this walkway regularlyRead More →

kingxpostII 460x270 - 1LondonBlog - The first five years

This month is the 5th anniversary of the beginnings of 1LondonBlog! The blog originally began as part of several tasks required on the course I was doing at the City of Westminster College. That essay was to set up a (student) blog… I never planned to keep it going, inRead 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 →

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 →

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 →