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The London Beer Flood of 1814

Post Date: 15th October 2013Author: Matt Gedge On 17th October 199 years ago London witnessed one of the most bizarre and tragic accidents in its history. In the neighbourhood of St Giles – where the Dominion Theatre now stands – loomed the vast Henry Meux and Co Brewery. Inside were a number of huge vats, […]

100 years of Arsenal in Islington

Post Date: 10th October 2013Author: Matt Gedge Being a walking tour guide of London has its benefits. I am acutely aware how lucky I am to go on walks in the name of research, or study something which is so interesting I spend an unhealthy amount of time with my head in books or on […]

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival 2013

Post Date: 3rd October 2013Author: Matt Gedge Our City of London Tour Guide Matt paid a visit to the Guildhall Yard in the Square Mile last Sunday to witness a celebration of working class Londoners – the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival. Donkeys and carts, shiny costumes, maypole dancing, morris dancing and the Pandemonium […]

Enter God’s Own Junkyard Part 1

Post Date: Friday 20th September 2013Author: Matt Gedge Those of you who haven’t watched the news or read the papers recently may not be aware that we are on the verge of losing a wonderful shrine to creativity in Walthamstow, East London. Just beside Wood Street station on the overground line you’ll find a mecca […]

London Pubs. #1 The Cockpit

Post Date: Wednesday 14th August 2013Author: Matt Gedge 7 St. Andrews Hill, London. EC4V 5BY The Cockpit is a hidden gem nestled in a backstreet near St Paul’s Cathedral. It has a decent range of beers and ales on tap, and the bar staff are friendly which helps create a warm, homely atmosphere. You’ll see […]

Changing the Guard 1962

Post Date: Friday 17th May 2013Author: Matt Gedge Sarah McCabe, a Canadian friend of mine (and London historian) who came on the tour kindly dug these wonderful pictures out from her father’s visit to Buckingham Palace in 1962. What really struck me was the formal clothes worn by the tourists – no jeans or tracksuits […]

Incredible Ceremony missed by most…

Post Date: Friday 22nd March 2013Author: Matt Gedge Sometimes finding out what exactly is going on with the Queen’s Guard is pretty difficult. Last summer during the Olympics I had to walk the entire route of the Changing the Guard Tour in reverse every day before starting just to see if any roads had been […]

Changing the Queen’s Life Guard

Author: Matt GedgePost Date: Thursday 14th March 2013 Changing the Queen’s Life Guard At 11am Monday to Saturday and 10am Sundays, a glorious ceremony takes place on Horse Guards Parade. Resplendent in their uniforms, the Queen’s Life Guard and Blues & Royals go through the daily rituals of a ceremony which has its roots in […]

Famous Last Words of our Leaders

Author: Matt GedgePost Date: Friday 1st March 2013 “Oh, I have been murdered.” These were the rather appropriate words of Spencer Perceval after he was shot in the House of Commons on May 11th 1812. He certainly had a tough time of it as Prime Minister. During a period of severe economic depression, Perceval had […]

Destroyed by fire – the fire proof theatre of Drury Lane

Author: Matt Gedge Post Date: Wednesday 24th February 2013 “A man may surely be able to take a glass of wine by his own fireside” So reportedly said the owner of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, as he watched his ‘fire proof theatre’ burn to the ground on this day, 24th February, […]