Category: Streetlife

An urban crop circle in the shape of a barbell: Alfred Place, South and North Crescents, Bloomsbury

I have walked along Store Street and past South Crescent many times without questioning whether, as there is a South Crescent, is there also a corresponding North Crescent?…

Stockwell Park Crescent

Stockwell was originally a manor house and its surrounding lands which was granted by the crown in the thirteenth century. It remained in private hands until the very beginning…

Haircut in Cranworth Gardens

The council have been busy giving the trees of Stockwell a short back and sides, ready for winter. These trees in Cranworth Gardens appeared to be startled and…

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…

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…

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…