Bateman Street, Soho

I seem to be getting mildly obsessed by the origin of street names in Soho. This one, Bateman Street, which connects Dean Street to Greek Street was named…

The shop with no name

It sits at 52 Greek Street on the corner of Bateman Street. It an unusual, unique circular shopfront that opens onto both streets. It sells clothes of the…

Oxford Street; early on a late summer’s morning

I found myself on the pedestrian island that runs along the middle of Oxford Street this morning. Looking left and right the road was as empty as I’ve…

Rippon Newsagent, 88 Dean Street

I┬ámust walk past this place half a dozen times each week but have only just noticed that it has been tarted up. Rippon’s Newsagent is on Dean Street…

Albury Street, Deptford

The walk along Creek Road from Greenwich to Deptford offers little of architectural interest until you cross Deptford Church Street and a passage leads you to a cobbledside…

The Serpentine Pavilion 2017

For the last seventeen years, the Serpentine Gallery has spent a small fortune commissioning and then building a structure in its front garden. A different architect is chosen…

You can be as naughty as you want but don’t get caught. A sighting of Princess Di on Monmouth Street

I came into Monmouth Street looking for a scene sketched by Geoffrey Fletcher in his book The London Dickens Knew. That’s how sad I am. I collect old…

The day I inadvertently “papped” Gilbert & George

I usually spend my time taking photos of London’s old buildings. On one recent occasion, however, I found myself inadvertently taking pictures of one of London’s artistic institutions,…

Everything’s gone green: the court of the paviour

At the end of the seventeenth century, Edward Wardour, who developed this part of Soho, leased a plot of to the man who lay his paving slabs, one…

The court of Soho’s original bricklayer

Tyler’s Court connects Wardour Street to Berwick Street; the picture above was taken in Berwick Street. This part of Soho was developed on rural land acquired by a…