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DSC 6731fi 460x270 - Museum fish and animals

The post I did right back in the first days of this blog, London’s museum fish, featured the lovely terracotta tiles seen inside the Natural History Museum. At the time this had been the most successful post so far on my blog. Two more posts were done as a followRead More →

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 →

impinst 460x270 - What remains of the Imperial Institute?

The Imperial Institute as it would have been from this very spot. At least one of the lamps in the modern view is in the same location as in this pic from possibly the early 1900s. See it on Flickr. The Imperial Institute was a huge group of buildings constructedRead More →

IMG 5332sml 460x270 - Collcutt's Tower

A quick post tonight! Some pics from today’s visit to Imperial College in readiness for a future post. These show the splendid architecture at the top of the Queen’s Tower (87m/285ft) originally known as Collcutt’s Tower and built for the Imperial Institute in the late 19th Century. I’ve been upRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →