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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…

Under the river, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Designed by Alexander Binnie, an engineer who was also responsible for the Blackwall Tunnel and Vauxhall Bridge, the Greenwich foot tunnel connects Greenwich on the south bank to…

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…

St Andrews Place

It has probably the closest concentration of Grade I listed buildings by different architects in the whole of London. John Nash, the leading Regency architect and friend of…

Portland Mews, Soho

Entering from D’Arblay Street, the first thing you notice is an old “ghost” sign for R N Cattle & Son Limited. Mr Cattle and his colleagues were woodworkers. The…