Category Archive: London History

A Journey around the Queer City of Soho, its clubs and its culture

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London’s Soho is the heart of the city’s LGBTQ+ scene and it’s a scene which has it’s roots back to the clubs and secretive spaces of the area where at the turn of… Continue reading

A huge line of Dominoes snakes through London and then gets knocked down as part of the London’s Burning festival

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The recent London’s Burning festival caught the imagination in more ways than one.  A giant series of events featuring some spectacular public art exhibitions was the city’s way of celebrating 350 years since the… Continue reading

Giant wooden replica of old London burns on the Thames to commemorate Great Fire of London

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We are packed together on the banks of the Thames on the embankment near Blackfriars standing opposite the Oxo Tower on the other side of the river.  The reason?  A giant floating wooden… Continue reading

Buildings which survived the Great Fire of London and where to find them

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The great fire of London devastated the old medieval city.  Starting in Pudding Lane at the king’s bakers it spread quickly defeating all attempts to stamp it out.  A combination of unfavourable winds… Continue reading

The Seven Stars on Brick Lane the former murky East End pub which is now a street art hotspot

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It often gets featured and it often gets visited, in fact no self respecting street art connoisseur misses it when visiting the area and that’s because the Seven Stars car park at the… Continue reading

Shakespeare’s Lost Playhouse: The Curtain Theatre

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Last month saw the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In those 400 years, no other writer has made such an indelible mark on British culture and world literature. Shakespeare is believed to have… Continue reading

Culture map of Shoreditch gives visitors some hot tips on where to go and what to see

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A culture map of Shoreditch has been created by the developers of the ‘The Stage’, the development taking place around the around of Curtain Road and Hewett Street on the edge of the… Continue reading

Facadism the laziest and most unsatisfying form of preservation is causing irreparable damage to Spitalfields and to London

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Possibly the laziest and most unsatisfying form of ‘preservation’ is the current fad of preserving the facade of an old building, only to completely gut the interior and replace it with an entirely… Continue reading

Where to find Shakespearean Theatres in Bankside, Shoreditch and Elizabethan London

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Think of Shakespearean Theatre and you might generally think of the Globe on the South Bank.  But that’s not the whole story of this golden age, the birth of theatre-going in England. Although… Continue reading

Sylvia Pankhurst and the East End Suffragettes, historic locations and where to find them

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Living in East London you are surrounded by history, not least that of the suffragettes. In fact, when you come from Bow, you can’t fail to acknowledge that in actual fact you are… Continue reading

A Free Historic Walking Tour around Old Street and Moorgate in London

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The third in our series of curious routes, free historic walking tours around the edges of the City of London, we explore the area around the Old Street Roundabout. Now sometimes known as… Continue reading

Battersea Power Station, an industrial time capsule living on in these remarkable photographs

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As the city changes around us and more and more of our buildings disappear to progress it’s no surprise that the hobby of urban exploring has begun to take off.  Recording buildings that… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of London Part 3, The Black Friars and the Grey Friars

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For part three of our Lost abbey’s series we focus on the old monastic buildings which used to exist towards the west of the old City of London. For part one we looked… Continue reading

Five Hidden Historical Wonders Preserved Below the City of London

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London has a long and glorious history, over years and years it has transformed itself time and time again and quite literally has rebuilt itself many times over. The city that we see… Continue reading

A Curious Route Walking Tour around Whitecross Street and the Barbican

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One area often overlooked given it’s proximity to the likes of Shoreditch, the City and Clerkenwell is the bohemian paradise of Whitecross Street. In itself a thoroughfare leading from Old Street to the… Continue reading

Tribute to a Fallen Soldier as Poppies spectacularly flood the Tower of London on the Centenary of World War One

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The moat around the ancient and iconic Tower of London have been turned into a sea of red ceramic poppies.  The extraordinary artwork from artist Paul Cummins is a remarkable tribute to the… Continue reading

Norton Folgate and Blossom Street redevelopment by British Land could see destruction of classic 19th century warehouse

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The unique area of Norton Folgate, the little former liberty joining the city with Shoreditch along the Bishopsgate road is to be redeveloped. The proposals include a mixture of plans for the site which… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of London Part 2 Crutched Friars, Holy Trinity Priory, St Helens Priory and Austin Friars

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Following on from my first post featuring some of the lost abbeys, priories and friaries of London, part two looks at the monastic houses from within the City Walls. The reformation was a… Continue reading

The Lost Abbeys and Priories of the City of London Part 1 – From the Tower to Bedlam and Beyond

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Before the dissolution of the monasteries which took place between 1536 and 1541, London was positively teeming with monastic houses both within and without the walls of the old city. This post looks… Continue reading

Where to Find Jack the Ripper Murder Sites in Whitechapel, Aldgate and Spitalfields

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There’s one thing about living in the East End of London that you can’t really fail to hear about and that’s Jack the Ripper. The evil mass murderer of women has somehow turned… Continue reading

Free Walking Tour of the East End of London

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The East End is a vibrant place, home to many people from all over the world and packed with history, the streets and buildings all having stories to tell. From the Huguenots to… Continue reading

Digging up King Johns Court, Crossrail excavations in Stepney Green

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A couple of weeks ago I took part in my first archaeological dig courtesy of the Museum of London Archaelogy (MOLA) and Crossrail. The dig, in Stepney Green, was to uncover the remains… Continue reading

The Great 12 Livery Companies of the City of London

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The Livery companies of the City of London have played an integral part in the development of the city. So much so that even today, the activities of the various liveries are intertwined… Continue reading

Walking the Walbrook, Londons forgotten river

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Once upon a time there was a small port town which grew up either side of a small river in southern England. That town, then known as Londinium, would become a major trading… Continue reading

The Old Roman City Wall of London

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For around 1600 years the city of London was a walled city.  Covering the square mile area from Tower Hill to Blackfriars the wall was started by the Romans and added to throughout… Continue reading

The Seven Gates of London

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Todays challenge was to find and photograph the locations of the old gates of London.  These date back to Roman times when a wall encircled the city, the gates lasted until 1760 when… Continue reading

Oranges and Lemons and the bells of old London Town

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One of the most recognised English language nursery rhymes is the famous Oranges and Lemons. The rhyme works its way through a number of famous old London churches and I’ve often wondered where… Continue reading

The Bethnal Green Tube Disaster Memorial

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Today the memorial to the victims of the Bethnal Green tube disaster marked the 70th anniversary of the tragedy. Named the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ the memorial is actually unfinished requiring further funds to… Continue reading

The Jewish East End

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So todays post is slightly different from the norm. Similar in that I spent the day wandering around the east end but oddly enough not to spot street art. You see today was… Continue reading