The Quad at Guy’s Hospital

It is surrounded by modern monoliths of the NHS; huge utilitarian buildings of glass and steel that may be efficient and fit for purpose but they are not…

Gray’s Inn

If you worked in a place that was separated from the hoi polloi by walls and gates and carried out a job, much as it has been performed…

The skinny alley

It’s 200 yards long and only 15 inches wide at its narrowest point. Brydges Place connects St Martin’s Lane to Chandos Place and Bedfordbury in Covent Garden. On…

Temple Tudor (and other period buildings)

It’s another wonderful, secluded London sanctuary hidden in plain sight from the busy streets that surround it, including Fleet Street and the Embankment. And it’s also another┬ápiece of…

A walk around Greenwich with a camera

Some photos from a wet Saturday afternoon in the Borough of Greenwich. The featured photo is of the Painted Hall Project where the painted ceiling of the Old…

Puma Court

Puma Court takes you from the frenetic energy of Commercial Street to the calm stature of the eighteenth century houses in Wilkes Street and beyond. On the left…

There’s Sutton going on around here

There used to be a huge medieval house on the edge of Church Path that led between the small villages of Hackney and Homerton. Called Tan House, it…

When an old cricketer leaves the crease

As a very small boy, I apparently mistook a cemetery, with its white gravestones standing to attention in the green grass of the graveyard, for a cricket match….

Going underground

Actually you can’t “go” here anymore. This subterranean pissoir is no longer abluted by its passing clientele. These days, customers buy coffee and cakes, not drop the kids…

Canals were the future once, too

When a young David Cameron first faced veteran Tony Blair as Leader of the Opposition at Prime Minister’s Question Time in 2005, he famously scored a withering put…