The Mayflower, Rotherhithe

There’s been a pub on the site continously since 1550. This particular incarnation, however, was built in 1780 and only became The Mayflower quite recently in 1957 when…

On Rotherhithe Beach I sat down

If one of London’s dockers – say Danny Baker’s Dad, Spud, from the excellent Cradle To The Grave TV series – came back from even fifty years ago…

Grange Walk, Bermondsey

Bermondsey is that bit of London tucked  below Tower Bridge which is hemmed in by Southwark in the west , Rotherhithe to the east and propped up against…

White Horse, White Horse Road, Limehouse

Across the road from the Half Moon Theatre in Limehouse, and just up from picturesque pub The Grapes, is a different kind of old London boozer. The White Horse…

The Almshouses on Mile End Road

When London’s population exploded outwards in the nineteenth century the surrounding countryside was flooded with buildings and people that became part of the new metropolis. The Trinity Green…

Behind another green door; the rural idyll of Bellevue Place in Stepney

Unfamiliar with this part of London my satnav took me into an alley that led to a development of identikit 1980’s houses. I assumed I must be about…

The corner of Sclater Street and Brick Lane

Look at the modest Georgian splendour of this building at the intersection of Sclater Street and Brick Lane. It was a mixed use development built in the eighteenth…

Arnold Circus

Subject of one the BBC’s “Secret History Of Our Streets” documentaries, Arnold Circus is the centre of Britain’s first council estate, The Boundary Estate. Opened in Shoreditch in…

Black and white story

This extrovert building was put up in Langham Street in 1901, at the very end of Victoria ‘s reign, as a Nurses Home. It was designed by A.E….

The Pither place on Mortimer Street

Fitzrovia has so many striking buildings that you can become blind to the splendours that surround you as you walk around it. I must have walked past this place…