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BLEWCOAT SCHOOL, VICTORIA

Blewcoat School, Victoria

Built in 1709 to house a charity school founded in 1688 by William Greene, a local London brewer. This Blewcoat school (one of many that can be found across the capital) educated and clothed twenty boys form the parishes of St Margaret and St John...

House of St Barnabas

House of St Barnabas

Built in the 1740s and a great example of Georgian Housing, this building in Soho Square has been a charity helping homeless women since 1863.Before then, rather bizarrely, it was the offices of ‘Westminster Commissioner for Works for Sewers’ (which later became the catchier Metropolitan...

Whitsun Fair. London’s Best Memorial Plaque?

Near Bow Church DLR station, where the Old Poplar Town Hall now stands, is the site of the annual Bow Fair. Referenced as early as 1630 and hugely popular in the 18th and early 19th Century, it took place the day after Whitsun (the Christian...

Soho’s Golden Arm

Formerly Rose Street, Manette Street got its current name from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (published 1859) specifically, the character Dr Manette who lived in a quiet and quaint area near Soho Square;“In a building at the back attainable by a courtyard where...

New Gates for Chinatown

To mark the UK China Year of Exchange, this gate was hand crafted in Beijing before being brought to London. The foundation stone was laid on Thursday 9 July 2015 in Wardour Street to mark the expansion of Chinatown and positioned according to traditional feng shui....

Tragedy in Poplar

Tragedy in Poplar

In Poplar Recreation Grounds stands this memorial. We usually associate bomb damage with the Blitz and WWII, but East London - because of the proximity to the docks - was a target during WWI as well. This is a reminder that on 13 June 1917,...

Carlton Cinema

Part of the former Carlton Cinema chain, this picture house on Essex Road opened in 1930 with a capacity for 2,226. The discovery of Tutankhamun in 1922 caused London to be flooded with Egyptian-inspired buildings, particularly in cinema design and this is one of the...

    [gallery] Built in 1904, this gorgeous Art Nouveau building used to be the Frame Foods factory; a baby food company. You can still see the company’s slogan; ‘Nourish and Flourish!’ Written on the front.It’s now been converted into flats called Tiffany Heights, apparently after the...