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revealing the secrets hidden above your eyeline...

Welcome to the blog all about London and its amazing – often hidden – history. Look Up London is about spotting little details above your eye line then using them to unravel the secret history of your location. I also write about the quirkier museums and historic things to do across the city.

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  • Notre Dame de France | Look Up London

    Notre Dame de France

    Just off Leicester Square, not somewhere you’d normally associate with peace and quiet, you can find a hidden Catholic Church. This is Notre Dame de France, a Catholic Church for the French Community in London that was established in 1861. Above the entrance of the......

  • Temple Bar Memorial | Look Up London

    A Closer Look at Temple Bar Memorial

    Marking the boundary between Westminster and the City of London is Temple Bar Memorial. As the name suggests, it’s a reminder for something far older that stood in its place. So what’s the history of Temple Bar and have you admired all the details on......

  • Merton Priory | Look Up London

    Merton Priory

    In the most inauspicious of locations, under the A24 by Colliers Wood, sits what was once the magnificent Merton priory. Founded in 1114, Merton Priory was one of the most important religious houses in England. A centre of learning and religion with a church almost......

  • Inside Mercers’ Hall

    As an official City of London Guide, I was lucky to be invited to the Mercers’ Hall in December 2021 for their Advent Sermon. Unique amongst the City’s Livery Companies for having its own private chapel on site, here’s a look inside the Mercers’ Hall…......

  • St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway | Look Up London

    The Gates of Hell? | St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway

    Take a closer look at St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway, a carving from 1800 that reflects the pretty grisly history of the area....

  • Brown Hart Gardens History | Look Up London

    Brown Hart Gardens History | Electricity, Elephants and Giants

    Opposite Bond Street Station is a statue of a lion on a pillar. It's a reminder of an 18th century mansion......

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Notre Dame de France | Look Up London

Notre Dame de France

Just off Leicester Square, not somewhere you’d normally associate with peace and quiet, you can find a hidden Catholic Church. This is Notre Dame de France, a Catholic Church for the French Community in London that was established in 1861. Above the entrance of the church is...

Temple Bar Memorial | Look Up London

A Closer Look at Temple Bar Memorial

Marking the boundary between Westminster and the City of London is Temple Bar Memorial. As the name suggests, it’s a reminder for something far older that stood in its place. So what’s the history of Temple Bar and have you admired all the details on Temple...

Merton Priory | Look Up London

Merton Priory

In the most inauspicious of locations, under the A24 by Colliers Wood, sits what was once the magnificent Merton priory. Entrance to The Chapter House, Merton Priory is beyond the green fence and on the left Founded in 1114, Merton Priory was one of the most important...

Inside Mercers Hall | Look Up London

Inside Mercers’ Hall

As an official City of London Guide, I was lucky to be invited to the Mercers’ Hall in December 2021 for their Advent Sermon. Unique amongst the City’s Livery Companies for having its own private chapel on site, here’s a look inside the Mercers’ Hall… History...