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Welcome to our blog all about London and it’s amazing history. Look Up London is about spotting little details above your eye line then using them to unravel the secret history of your location.

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Remembering 1916: 5 Reasons To Visit Croydon

Yesterday I made the 3 hour round trip to South Croydon. "Why?" I hear you ask?Good question.   I was invited to a preview of Remembering 1916: Life on the Western Front, an exhibition that's been in planning for nearly 3 years and which opens on 12...

Lambeth Palace Gardens

Lambeth Palace is the official London residence and office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. As well as medieval buildings and historic state rooms, it also contains the oldest continually cultivated gardens in Central London.   BUT...

Look Up! My Podcast for the Londonist

In the latest episode of the Londonist podcast, London Out Loud by N Quentin Wolk, I chat about the importance of looking up in London as we wander the hidden alleys of Fleet Street.   Have a listen by clicking on the picture below or through the podcast...

Shoreditch Commercial Ironworks

If you look up above the shop front on Shoreditch High Street (or for a better view, cross the road) you'll spot lettering indicating this used to be the Wells & Company Commercial Ironworks.Built in 1877 this was the showroom, shop and factory of Edward...

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Recognised in the Guinness World Records as Britain’s oldest manufacturing company, the history of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry can be traced back to the City of London master founder Robert Chamberlain of Aldgate in 1420. History The foundry “at the sign of the three bells” was established...

In Search of Art Deco

On Saturday I joined a fascinating Art Deco London walking tour.Most of us can recognise the style, but what about the finer details? Here are just a few of the highlights from Yannick's excellent walk in Bloomsbury...

coco chanel westminster lamppost

Why Is Coco Chanel On Every Westminster Lamppost?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The eagle-eyed among you may this symbol, featured on ever Westminster lamppost:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_single_image image="57448" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_column_text]It's basically a fancy 'W' the symbol of the Duke of Westminster. So far, so usual.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_column_text] BUT on the other side...

The Window Cleaner

(Allan Sly, 1990)Sly is used to creating expressive sculptures, but this tongue-in-cheek one is a favourite of mine. Our anonymous window cleaner approaches a building, looking up in exasperation at the size of the skyscraper in front of him (especially when we consider he’s only...