IMG 3235fi 460x270 - Burlington Arcade celebrates its 200th

This is the one with the Beadles! The Burlington Arcade has reached two centuries and its one of perhaps a couple of places in London that has continuously employed Beadles on its watch. The arcade is found on Piccadilly right next to the Royal Academy, just round the corner fromRead More →

IMG 8012 460x270 - Hey Fortnum & Mason - Ur sign is broke!

1LondonBlog Saturday 28 July 2017 Fortnum & Mason 181 Piccadilly W1A 1ER Dear Fortnum and Mason, This afternoon I happened to past by your store. I was merely on my way from the Prudential Bike Ride to Piccadilly Circus via the quieter back roads. The broken sign in Jermyn Street.Read More →

IMG 6806 460x270 - Leicester Square Triology 3 - More about the station

CENTRE KIOSK The centre kiosk area was originally empty and used for a floral display when the station first opened. The circular central glass area was built later and used as a display unit before becoming a control room. This picture shows it in use as a showcase display forRead More →

IMG 2062 460x270 - Leicester Square Triology 2 - The modern bits of old

This is part two of a triology on Leicester Square tube station. Part one was published in May 2016 THE FORMER NEWPORT STREET ENTRANCE Leicester Square station once had five exits although only four can be seen today. The fifth is still there but now has a different purpose andRead More →

IMG 0847 460x270 - A Size Zero Tardis!

Everyone knows of Doctor Who and his Tardis, the time travelling police call box that is bigger on the inside than the outside. London once had dozens of these ‘Tardises’ but none remain. The most famous is probably the one at Earl’s Court which is actually a replica built inRead More →