Japanning Harding & Sons

Japanning: Harding & Sons

Built in 1891, Harding & Son's were Hardware Merchants (that much is clear from the top panel of the building). Further writing on scrolls, either side of the shield emblazoned with H&S, reveals that they also specialised as 'Wire Workers' and 'Metal Merchants'.     But perhaps more...

Curlicue, William Pye

Curlicue, a steel tubular sculpture by William Pye, was placed here in 1989 by the London Docklands Development Corporation. A 'curlicue' is a decorative curl or twist used in design or calligraphy, but its form here is reminiscent of heavy duty dock machinery, similar to the...

Westminster Bridge Lanterns

Built between 1739-1750 Westminster Bridge's lanterns are often overlooked by the more impressive and iconic sights of Big Ben and the London Eye...

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...