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A Paragon of virtue at Blackheath

The man who designed the Paragon was “just” a commercial architect, and the son of a commercial architect to boot, who needed to scratch a living from his…

The view from Platform 9, London Bridge Station

I think I’ve found the best place in South London  to gaze upon the majestic Shard. Platform 9 of the hugely and impressively  revamped London Bridge railway station…

First day back after the holidays at the ENO

As I walked down St. Martin’s Lane the doors of the English National Opera which were ajar and the sound of singers practising their scales leaked out into…

Goodwins Court

It connects St Martins Lane and Bedfordbury and is another one of those hidden courts around Covent Garden. You could walk past it without giving it the time…

The beautiful houses on Mile End Road

Turn right out of Stepney Green tube station and after a brief walk you come across these  magnificent Georgian houses built around 1740. Every time I see them…

Cross bones and Winchester Geese

Have you ever had a visitation from a medieval goose? John Constable has and the goose told him about a nearby unkept graveyard in Redcross Way, Southwark that…

The Quad at Guy’s Hospital

It is surrounded by modern monoliths of the NHS; huge utilitarian buildings of glass and steel that may be efficient and fit for purpose but they are not…

Gray’s Inn

If you worked in a place that was separated from the hoi polloi by walls and gates and carried out a job, much as it has been performed…

The skinny alley

It’s 200 yards long and only 15 inches wide at its narrowest point. Brydges Place connects St Martin’s Lane to Chandos Place and Bedfordbury in Covent Garden. On…

Temple Tudor (and other period buildings)

It’s another wonderful, secluded London sanctuary hidden in plain sight from the busy streets that surround it, including Fleet Street and the Embankment. And it’s also another piece of…