Violette Szabo

Violette Szabo: London’s Bravest Woman?

A monument on Albert Embankment calmly states that it stands for everyone who lost theirs lives working as SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents behind enemy lines in WWII in Europe. However, there is only one women depicted; Violette Szabo, the youngest of the recruits who lived in Stockwell...

Seven Noses Soho

The Seven Noses Of Soho

Have you heard the legend of the Seven Noses of Soho? The story goes that to find them all brings infinite wealth, but I'm not holding my breath. Here's what I discovered snooping around Soho...

London's Most Apologetic Plaque

London’s Most Apologetic Plaque

One of the best ways that London rewards its inquisitive citizens is with plaques. We're no longer confined to English Heritage's Blue Plaques (of which there's over 900) but  have local council, 'voted by the people' and brown plaques across the city.All that being said...

Roman Grave Under Gherkin

The Roman Grave Under The Gherkin

In 1995, archeological investigations by MOLA (Museum of London Archeology) under what’s now the Gherkin revealed the body of a young Roman, dating from between 350-400 AD and aged 13-17.   But the key to this story, is that she was placed back in her final resting...

Stapleton Spitalfields

Stapleton’s, Spitalfields

If you look up on Commercial Street in Spitalfields you’ll spot a decorative relief showing; Stapleton’s Established 1842. It’s above a wide door which now houses a vintage market, but used to be a repository.   Repository It's not as dodgy as it sounds - it just means store...