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The Wild History of Whitecross Street

Today many of you may know Whitecross Street for its vibrant international food market which is super popular with the local workers during the week and also for its annual street art festival which takes place every July. That event is one of the few opportunities where street artists can paint on the walls without […]

The Beastly History of London’s Business Design Centre

The Business Design Centre is regarded as one of the best conference and exhibition centres in the UK. Many of you may have been inside and seen the huge open spaces, an auditorium and scores of smaller rooms used as office space which is ideal for hosting hundreds of events each year. Taking a break […]

The Two Queens of Fleet Street

Walk along the busy ‘street of ink’ from the Royal Courts of Justice towards St Paul’s Cathedral, and if you keep your eyes peeled you will see statues of two of the most iconic monarchs in British history. Given their fame you may imagine they would be on plinths or set in a nice square, […]

The most superstitious hotel in London?

If you were wondering which hotel is the most superstitious in London, look no further than the Savoy Hotel. It is of course known the world over for being a byword for opulence, pandering to the obscenely rich and illustrious ever since it opened its doors to the privileged on 6th August 1889. However, those […]

London’s Alternate Reality

Did you know that there are signs on the streets of our great city which point with assuredness towards the existence and knowledge of a parallel universe? And that an explorer of this other realm has left signposts in three London streets which tell of great lost civilisations, wars, tribes and cultures? Probably not. And […]

Film Locations from the Movie Last Christmas (Part 2)

For those of you who are fans of George Michael, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Paul Feig or just lovers of Christmas feel good movies, you’ll probably love this film. Don’t let the Guardian’s one star Grinch-like review put you off if you haven’t seen it, especially if you enjoy looking around London’s streets […]

Film Locations from the Movie Last Christmas (Part 1)

For those of you who are fans of George Michael, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Paul Feig or just lovers of Christmas feel good movies, you’ll probably love this film. Don’t let the Guardian’s one star Grinch-like review put you off if you haven’t seen it, especially if you enjoy looking around London’s streets […]

Five Shocking Execution Sites in Central London

We all know London has a bloody past. Some of its execution sites are well documented, from Smithfield where William Wallace met his gruesome end, and Newgate Prison, where executions were witnessed by the public right up to 1868.  So in this list I include some less ‘celebrated’ sites, along with the most bloody location […]

Five Fun Facts about the Changing Guard Ceremony!

Find out some fascinating bits of trivia to add to your knowledge of this most famous of ceremonies…

Watching the Changing the Guard ceremony at the Buckingham Palace Gates

5 years ago I watched the changing guard ceremony at the gates of Buckingham Palace. I vowed never to return…