IMG 7983FI 460x270 - Coal Drops Yard's confused outlook?

Today I was at CDY to catch up with what has been happening. Its not a terribly good picture. I was shown around the place (even though I know it well) and shown units that had closed for lack of business. There’s also units that have not yet seen aRead More →

DSC 0044fi 460x270 - Carnaby Street feels the love

London’s famous shopping street, noted for its fashion and lifestyle retailers, and of course home of the sixties pop and rock mania, is currently running a very colourful campaign known as Carnaby feels the love. The campaign actually began in February but so far few in the media (nor anyRead More →

DSC 3015fi 460x270 - While the angels watched...

While angels watched o’er Regent Street, there was loads of fun. First the xmas lights were switched on, then pop up stores and fun palaces followed. The angels approved because it was important that people have fun. And so everyone did. These places, with their large and bright windows drewRead More →

DSC 0972fi 460x270 - A chocolatey Christmas!

Its that time of year again and since its all about sumptuous food and celebrations, I thought a post featuring chocolates would be most appropriate. For the first time this year a famous French chocolate company, whom some of you may know as Alain Ducasse’s, has a new branch inRead More →

IMG 0330 460x270 - Mulberry's Lights

A special four day light show was held over the weekend in Regent Street. It was organised by Mulberry. The exhibition marked the launch of the company’s new Xmas campaign and was held in an adjacent pair of spare shop units – once part of the former Aquascutum/Austin Reed premises.Read More →

DSC 0463 460x270 - Regent Street and all that jazz...

Tonight was the annual Regent Street Xmas lights switch on and there were many festivities. Jodie Whittaker was present to turn on the lights. I didn’t actually see the switch on, my intent was to cover today’s launch of the new exhibition Spectacles and Half a Millennia. However the organisersRead More →

IMG 9153fi 460x270 - Coal Drops Yard: a critique

This week’s posts have invariably been about Coal Drops Yard (CDY) and yesterday’s report was one I enjoyed writing immensely, however it doesn’t belie the fact I still want to analyse the new development and discuss its pros and cons. I thought it would be prodigious to write an immediateRead More →

IMG 7477fi 460x270 - Thomas Heatherwick celebrates Coal Drops Yard's opening

This is a special feature about Thomas Heatherwick! I am sure most of you will not need an introduction to the famous designer or his sometimes controversial work and most will know him as the one who brought the new futuristic concept of design to the Coal Drops Yard at King’sRead More →

IMG 9027 460x270 - Coal Drops Yard: a primer

A set of photos taken this week and today – just before the final gloss is put on and London’s latest and much anticipated shopping and cuisine venue opens. Coal Drops Yard is the latest shopping centre to open in London. Located just north of King’s Cross and St. PancrasRead More →

IMG 6844 460x270 - 64, 65 & 67 New Bond Street

The entire elevation to 64-70 New Bond Street. Source: Great Portland Estates 65 & 67 New Bond Street (in fact the entire block nos 65-72) has been razed to the ground. The block’s original facade will apparently be restored after Crossrail is finished. 67 New Bond Street. Source: Google IRead More →

IMG 5910 460x270 - David in Oxford Street

David Pianos Sounds played a session in Oxford Street (corner with Bond St) 5 January 2017. I have previously featured Davide here – under his old name ‘Davide Mozart’ – on the pianos at St Pancras. Here’s his You Tube channel  Read 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 6740 460x270 - Funfiction at Bond Street

Funfiction is a band I’ve not seen before. Here’s some shots of their gig yesterday outside the West One shopping centre generally its solo artists who perform here. Funfiction on Facebook. I’ll post some more pics later of various bands/buskers around the streets of London.Read 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 9341 460x270 - Wet, wet, wet!

Plenty of wet days this summer! Another lot of downpours in the early afternoon of Sunday 23rd August – I took a series of pictures in Oxford Street, here’s a selection!Read More →

IMG 8595 460x270 - The Stephen Wiltshire gallery

One of our most famous people with autism is Stephen Wiltshire. Stephen in his shop/gallery earlier this year His recall of fine detail is amazing & his panoramas are a world-celebrated art. Stephen Wiltshire gallery The shop/gallery in Central London is just a short walk from Trafalgar Square. Stephen Wiltshire’sRead More →

IMG 5618 460x270 - Selfridges and the Oxford Street Hill

Selfridges store was built in what was the unfashionable end of Oxford Street. Despite being surrounded by exquisite properties in Marylebone and Mayfair, this part of Oxford Street was the home of the poor and even though the street gained a prominence for shopping, the better stores stayed to theRead More →

selfridges 460x270 - Flat pack store built for ITV's popular Mr Selfridge

The popular TV series Mr Selfridge has everyone watching in awe. The re-creation of the famous Oxford Street store is perhaps one of the programme’s biggest assets. The exterior of the store has been faithfully recreated down to the last detail – in CGI of course! However something seemed seriouslyRead More →