20170503 113654 460x270 - A Wonderful Sign!

There’s a wonderful sign just off Great Ormond Street referring to ‘G. Bailey & Sons, Horse & Motor Contractors.’ The firm specialised in road haulage and warehousing and the sign is from the 1920’s when horses were still a popular form of traction. According to Caroline’s Miscellany, the company closedRead 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 0851 460x270 - Park Lane gardens

One of London’s most secret (and not so secret) gardens! Several times a year its a pretty sight with its fantastic displays of flowers despite the traffic whizzing past at up to 40mph. People may tout other London gardens as being great including that at Embankment – but Park LaneRead More →

DSC 6435 460x270 - City Spires and Towers #1

A new occasional series looking at the City of London’s classic spires and how most are now dwarfed by skyscrapers. The ultimate aim of this project is to find spires that are not dwarfed by towers. There are hardly any! Those that have not been previously affected are finding newRead More →

DSC 4548 460x270 - Tommy and Mary

Tommy & Mary at Debenhams, Oxford Street 18 March 2017 ‘Twas getting quite dark for pics – had to manage the best I could with my ancient digital camera! Tommy & Mary official website Tommy & Mary on Instagram Tommy & Mary on Facebook Tommy & Mary on You TubeRead More →

DSC 2637 460x270 - A Shocking Size Zero Tardis!

Here’s another size zero Tardis – and this one should have the award for the most emaciated of the remaining eight or so slim style police call boxes in London. This one is in Grosvenor Square opposite the US Embassy – and what a shameful sight the box is. Around 2010 itRead More →

DSC 1544 460x270 - Rolling Stones at Marble Arch #1

The Stones iconic image taken at Marble Arch in June 1963. The photographs were taken presumably as publicity material for their new single ‘Come On’ and the tweet below confirms it. The #RollingStones in Marble Arch, London [1963]Their debut single – ‘Come On’ – was released on 7th June 1963.Read 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 →

DSC 1315 460x270 - Drummonds' drive-in

Did you know Drummonds Bank (now part of Royal; Bank of Scotland) once had Central London’s only drive-in bank? Whilst these are a common feature in the US the UK never really took up the idea. The UK’s first ever drive-in bank was at Toxeth, Liverpool (Westminster Bank) followed byRead 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 →