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Why is the London Underground So Confusing? Part 3

Anyway, with Watkin and Forbes going every which way but round, by the 1880s the government was getting frustrated with the lack of a Circle Line, so a third, separate company was formed to fill in the gaps between the Metropolitan and District Railways.  Watkin wasn’t happy with this at all, bought it out and […]

Why is the London Underground So Confusing? Part 2

Meanwhile, Edward Watkin was industriously creating new branch lines of his railway, going west and north.  Since they used the same trains, his intention was to link his underground section in London to the other railways he owned in the North of England.  Alas, this project ran out of funds, and ground to a halt […]

Why is the London Underground So Confusing? Part 1

Love it or loathe it, the underground is a huge part of the London experience, for locals and visitors alike.  People new to the city often find it overwhelming, while Londoners dread the daily commute in crowded carriages, shoved up against someone’s sweaty armpit. Strong feelings about the Tube are nothing new.  When the idea […]

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 […]