A bit more rough and ready than the West of London, The East End of London is often associated with crime and poverty. But is that really fair? I’m not so sure. Here are some of the weird and wonderful gems I’ve found in East London.

East London

  • St Antholin by Christopher Wren | Look Up London

    St Antholin | The Wren Steeple that moved 6 Miles to Sydenham

    In Round Hill housing estate, Sydenham is quite the juxtaposition: The steeple of St Antholin by Christopher Wren built in the 17th century...

  • West Norwood Cemetery | Look Up London

    Historic Highlights of West Norwood Cemetery

    West Norwood Cemetery is one of London's ‘Magnificent Seven’, with 200,000 burials. Here's the history and some notable monuments......

  • 10 Relocated London Landmarks | Look Up London

    Shifting Sites: 10 Relocated London Landmarks 

    Here are my top 10 relocated London landmarks, the buildings and monuments that have been on extraordinary travels....

  • Burney Street Benches | Look Up London

    Burney Street Benches

    Some unusual-looking benches on Burney Street in Greenwich lead to the history of an interesting charity......

  • History of Tenter Ground, Spitalfields | Look Up London

    History of Tenter Ground, Spitalfields

    This charming Spitalfields warehouse has a fascinating history, here's the story of Tenter Ground from industrial site to gallery......

  • Triforium Level, St Mary Le Strand | Look Up London

    Behind the Scenes at St Mary Le Strand

    If you’ve walked along the Strand recently, there’s been a wonderful improvement. The surrounding area of St Mary Le Strand has been pedestrianised and this 300 year-old church can be fully appreciated. I was recently invited to have a look inside (and go behind-the-scenes!) of......

  • Inside 4 Princelet Street | Look Up London

    Inside 4 Princelet Street

    It’s one of the most captivating (and photographed) facades in Spitalfields, but what lies behind 4 Princelet Street? I got a chance to look inside this 18th century terraced house thanks to a free exhibition of Christo’s ‘Early Works’, hosted by the Gagosian Gallery. (It’s......

  • History of St Michael and All Angels, Shoreditch | Look Up London

    History of St Michael and All Angels, Shoreditch

    Once one of the most magnificent Gothic revival churches in London, the Grade I listed St Michael and All Angels in Shoreditch is now set to become office space. It seems quite the juxtaposition, but there’s a lot more to the story… History of St......

  • Young V&A, Bethnal Green | Look Up London

    History of the Young V&A, Bethnal Green

    The Young V&A (formerly the Museum of Childhood) in Bethnal Green isn’t just a fabulous museum, its building also has a fascinating history to tell. Travelling back 350 years or so, Bethnal Green was a popular suburb for London’s upper classes. There were some large......

  • Susanna Wesley - Spital Yard | Look Up London

    Susanna Wesley in Spital Yard

    Just off Bishopsgate, the busy thoroughfare with towering new skyscrapers behind, glance down Spital Yard and you seem to have stumbled back in time. Given a closer look, this Georgian townhouse isn’t quite as authentic as it might appear. However it still has plenty of......

  • Royal Foundation of St Katharine, Limehouse | Look Up London

    The Ancient Charity in Limehouse | The Royal Foundation of St Katharine

    Right by Limehouse DLR you can find the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, one of the oldest charities in the world ...

  • Mind the Spiegelhalter Gap! Wickham’s Department Store, Mile End Road | Look Up London

    Mind the Spiegelhalter Gap! Wickham’s Department Store, Mile End Road

    Look closer and there's something very odd about the former Wickhams Department Store on Mile End Road, it's a case of mind the gap!...

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