Pond Square, Highgate

There were two ponds here originally. Both man-made, the first had been single-handedly dug out by a local hermit in the fourteenth century, possibly as a hobby in…

Christmas at The Spaniards

A cold foggy day in the deliciously dead period between Christmas and New Year when London, emptied-out for the holidays, takes a breath and relaxes. My very favourite…

Elementary

Fog fell on Hampstead Heath as I made my way towards The Spaniards Inn for a festive pint. Where two paths converged a couple of very old fashioned…

Immigrant song: Bread of Heaven in Eastcastle Street

London is pretty much full of people who weren’t born here, including me, and I’m interested in where they came from. Whenever I take an Uber, I usually…

King’s Cross on a wet Wednesday morning

Just as the redundant docklands were transformed into a modern financial area – and more – in the 1980’s, so too King’s Cross has been changed almost beyond…

Down and out in Covent Garden

The man was sitting on the base of one of the pillars of the portico of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. He was taking his time over…

Behind the green door: Elms Lesters Painting Rooms and Stores

In the madness that is the current rebuilding of Tottenham Court Road station as part of the ¬†Crossrail development, there is one small oasis of calm. Tucked in…

A Dickens of a discovery

Walking along Cleveland Street in the direction of the Euston Road there is a small Georgian house at no.22, now an old-fashioned shop selling buttons, with a black…

A Sex Pistol sang in Nightingale Lane

Nightingale Lane runs from Clapham Common to Wandsworth Common and was originally a rural track that local yokels used to drive their cattle from one common land to…

Hedgehogs were the 19th century Rentokil

In the south-west corner of Covent Garden market you can still just about see the name of one of its early inhabitants. “Jas. Butler, Herbalist and Seedsman, Lavender…