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 →

horsecartII 460x270 - Michelin House Decorative Tile Pictures

This is the follow up to the feature on Michelin House at 81 Fulham Road, South Kensington, showing each of the fascinating art deco tiled pictures in and around the building. These feature mainly Grand Prix and city to city races in France during the late 19th and early 20thRead 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 →

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 →

DSC 4866 460x270 - Michelin House

The classic view of Michelin House in South Kensington. This week the Bibendum restaurant at Michelin House has re-opened so the timing of this post is quite apt. Although I have seen Michelin House featured on blogs and in the media its not often mentioned these days (with the exceptionRead 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 →

maldn 460x270 - The Marble Arch Wheel

The Marble Arch Observation Wheel was one of the city’s most unexpected surprises of 2015. Yet barely anything of the wheel was mentioned by the media. Not one report on its construction or its opening it seems. The only time the wheel made the news was when it broke down.Read More →

IMG 8025 383x270 - Little Venice at night pics

Thanks to the recent Paddington 2 filming, I enjoyed doing fair a bit of night photography around Little Venice. Much of this was focused on the filming and film set however I also made a point of focusing on the canal and pool area, it looked so incredibly pretty all litRead More →

IMG 5408 460x270 - Fowler's Ghost

Fowler’s Ghost was a 2-4-0 broad gauge locomotive designed for the Metropolitan Railway by Sir John Fowler. The engine made just one test run through Edgware Road station in 1862 and was a failure. The Marylebone flyover approach shown below is the exact spot where the Ghost stood. Behind the wall is Edgware Road station. The A40 was built across theRead More →

20161014 164621 460x270 - Public Benefit Boot Company - Edgware Road

Recently ebay had a photograph featuring the Public Benefit Boot Company’s shop at 125 Edgware Road. I’m not aware of any photographs in existence showing the store and since the photograph was in quite poor condition, the blemishes, imperfections and patches which badly marred it were removed to make itRead More →

IMG 4867 333x270 - London's house in the clouds

This one is REALLY in the clouds!Centre Point needs a ‘house’ to enable further modifications to the structure. Its the highest ‘house’ I have ever seen in London! The Centre Point structure has been up for a couple of months, however from some perspectives it looks quite like a house, and makes Britain’s realRead 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 →

Londonist published a feature (8 August 2016) extolling the virtues of Paddington, including trains, bears, and canals – exactly what one expects to find in the area! 😉 It mentions Paddington Basin as a branch of the Regent’s Canal…. Many would say that’s a mistake as it’s a branch offRead More →

Image3 460x270 - The Shoreditch Project - original files rediscovered!

The ‘Shoreditch’ project took place between 2001 and 2004, culminating in an exhibition at the now closed Spitz Gallery in London’s Spitalfields. The project was also featured in a book entitled ‘Picturing the Social Landscape’ by Les Back, Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths College. For a number of years the photoRead More →

IMG 4176 460x270 - Leicester Square Triology 1 - The odd tube roundel

Leicester Square tube has what can be said to be a fairly unusual London Underground symbol. Its just like the rest, round, and its special, has the old style Johnson typeface pre 1930’s. Very unusually in terms of tube history these older roundels were introduced in 1935 (which by thenRead More →