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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…

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…

Rippon Newsagent, 88 Dean Street

I must walk past this place half a dozen times each week but have only just noticed that it has been tarted up. Rippon’s Newsagent is on Dean Street…