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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…

Pond Square, Highgate

There were two ponds here originally. Both man-made, the first had been single-handedly dug out by a local hermit in the fourteenth century, possibly as a hobby in…

Christmas at The Spaniards

A cold foggy day in the deliciously dead period between Christmas and New Year when London, emptied-out for the holidays, takes a breath and relaxes. My very favourite…

A Dickens of a discovery

Walking along Cleveland Street in the direction of the Euston Road there is a small Georgian house at no.22, now an old-fashioned shop selling buttons, with a black…

Pop goes the Eagle

On an unusually sunny, blue-skied November Saturday afternoon, I went looking for the Eagle. Being the London nerd that I am, I was genuinely excited to be visiting…

The Cheshire Cheese

When first landed in the Smoke, I worked in the grey 1970’s building that you can see behind the sign of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in the featured…

London’s pub heritage: The Grapes at Limehouse

It sits on Narrow Street as part of a row of old houses and warehouses that now look shabby chic among the modern houses that surround them. The…

Under the weather: fog’s particular contribution to London art (and soup) in the late nineteenth century.

London exploded in size in the nineteenth century. In 1801 it had just over 1 million inhabitants. By 1901 the population had reached 6.5 million with the rate…