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The Saturday market on Deptford High Street

Deptford High Street on a Saturday afternoon. Still plenty of bustle and life, but its changing. The traditional market hangs on by its fingertips, there are still plenty…

Pie, mash and liquor at Manze’s on Deptford High Street

Pie and mash shops sprang up in the early Victorian period. They sold value-for-money tasty stodge and took hold in the working class East End. The first recorded…

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…

Rippon Newsagent, 88 Dean Street

I must 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…

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…

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…

No.70 Bermondsey Street

No 70 Bermondsey High street is a lovely old shop that has survived the many changes of the last two hundred and fifty years largely intact. It was…

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…

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…

Lincoln’s Inn

One of the most interesting facts – and there are many – about Lincoln’s Inn is that the Elizabethan playwright and actor Ben Jonson, a contemporary and rival…