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...

The Full Monty

Burton: “The Full Monty”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 1900 an 18 year old Lithuanian emigre Montague Burton arrived in Britain and borrowed £100 to set up a menswear business, selling bespoke and ready to wear suits in Chesterfield. By 1952, the year Montague died, there were an impressive 616 Burton stores in the...

Endangered 13

Endangered 13

On Sunday 10 April, 13 artists took on a 120 metre stretch of railway arches in Tower Hamlets, creating a project called Endangered 13. The project, organised by Human Nature and Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery, aiming to raise awareness of endangered species.This is emphasised by the line written above some...