Category: Literary London

A grave concern

A dreaded sunny day So I meet you at the cemetery gates…. ….we go inside and we gravely read the stones All those people all those lives Where…

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…

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…

The Borribles – pointy eared class warfare in South London

Some time ago Londonist website ran a poll to choose the best London novel of all time.  I’d heard of most of the top ten and had even read…

Literary London: Colin Macinnes on Belgravia

This is the first of an occasional series of descriptions of London or its constituent parts from books. “And I must say that, in its way, I rather…