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The Hoop and Grapes, Aldgate

The Hoop And Grapes, Aldgate is just about the last bit of Pre-Great Fire London left. Almost alone as a remnant of old London in a sea of…

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…

The Duke of York, Bloomsbury

This is a rather lovely pub that I stumbled across recently. The Duke of York sits as part of a Grade II listed, 1930’s development on the corner…

Court out by po-mo

It does not feature on many of the maps of London; it’s not even on Google Maps.┬áBut if you walk away from the column at the centre of…

Through the door of W.Sitch & Co, Manufacturers of Electrical Fittings

I’ve long been intrigued by W.Sitch & Co, as you can see from this post from earlier this year, but until last week I had never seen inside….

Behind the Cambridge Theatre

Look at the size of those doors! (Or is that a very small woman walking beside them?) The Cambridge Theatre was built in the late 1920’s as a…

St John’s Churchyard, Wapping

Not much is left of St John the Evangelist Church in Wapping. It dates from the middle of the eighteenth century but did not survive World War Two….

In which I find myself in Queer Street

Carey Street runs from Portugal Street and the student quarter around the LSE across to Chancery Lane and London’s legal area. It is famous as the original “Queer…

The metal loo of Star Yard

This is a real old slice of Victorian London. A proper public convenience – of the Parisian-styled pissoir variety – of which very few survive. Made of iron,…

Paddington Green, an actress that’s seen better days

Sarah Siddons sits on her marble throne looking as theatrically pissed off as only a former acting superstar (missing her nose) can. Living through the heady years of…