DSC 0450fi 460x270 - The Snow Hill lines' 30th anniversary

Today is the 30th anniversary since Thameslink began its public services through the Snow Hill tunnels beneath the City of London. On this day the line’s full timetable of services to from Bedford to Brighton and Guildford began. Its not just a Thameslink anniversary for its also 30 years sinceRead 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 9088 460x270 - London's only road-based tree tunnel?

Hyde Park Gardens, an exclusive road sited between Paddington & Bayswater Road has this very unusual tree that creates what is in effect a covered roadway or tunnel. Such features may be common in the countryside. In London its unheard of. My pictures show this rare and very relatively unknownRead More →

IMG 3068 460x270 - The  Folly revisited

Crocker’s Folly, in London’s NW8 district just off Edgware Road, W2, has been in the news. Many plaudits have been given for the restoration of the building by the Maroush Group, who has several restaurants in the more exclusive parts of Edgware Road. The Evening Standard published a full spreadRead More →

IMG 1462 460x270 - Crockers Folly restored

The famous pub that was supposed to serve a London mainline terminus (Marylebone) but ended up being nowhere near it, has finally been restored after a long period of uncertainty on its future. Hoardings came down at the end of September revealing a good restoration job. The pub, sited in AberdeenRead More →