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Woolwich by Foot Tunnel

I walked south from North Woolwich under the Thames via the foot tunnel. Unlike its neighbour in Greenwich, this foot tunnel takes you from one rough and un-celebrated…

Charlton House

James I, the King Of Scotland, who also took over the crown of England when Elizabeth I died childless, had this house built for Sir Adam Newton who…

Promenading at the Royal Albert Hall

Before this summer I had never attended a Prom concert. Which,  for a music lover who enjoys the classical variety, is a pretty poor showing. Even worse, I…

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…

Tales from the Riverside. Green-eyed in Strand On The Green

Imagine living here on the edge of the Thames in a house that is not only beautiful but a couple of centuries old and shaped by the memory…

The tube station at Great Portand Street Station

Great Portland Street is one of London’s original tube stations. It was part of the Metropolitan Railway line which was not just London’s but the world’s very first…

The Bull’s Head, Strand On The Green

A stout and well established riverside pub in Strand-On-The-Green, the Bull’s Head looks uncompromisingly across the water to its more prosperous neighbours in Kew. The Kew Railway Bridge…

London’s loveliest building?

Sometimes it’s like a submarine that has surfaced in the middle of a Victorian park and at others it’s a hippopotamus wallowing in a lagoon. It is as curved…

St Nicholas Deptford

Ian Nairn called this “a chubby brick church of 1697, blitzed in the war” in his classic book Nairn’s London. He was  referring to the main bulk of…

A toilet. The Isle of Dogs.

It’s a curio left over from another world. The Isle of Dogs has seen humongous change over the last thirty or forty years but this old public convenience…