Haggerston Baths

Walking down Whiston Street today, it's largely the typical London juxtaposition of council, ex-council and flashy new-build housing. However one building, a grand public site that's now boarded off, caught my eye. [caption id="attachment_54492" align="aligncenter" width="768"] The building is topped with a gilded weathervane depicting the Gold...

Railway Tavern Hackney Central

Railway Tavern, Hackney Central

Looking up at 339 Mare Street, you'll spot a friendly looking sign of a train engine above an incongruous Paddy Power shop. Originally established as the Eight Bells in 1665, there's a surviving picture from 1873: [caption id="attachment_54481" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Eight Bells, 1873 (picture from pubshistory.com...

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...

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