Mercers Maiden

Feeling overlooked? Mercers’ Maidens in London

Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched?   It's not just that the UK has the highest density of surveillance devices (there's around 1 CCTV camera per 14 people) but around London you may have also spotted this familiar face:     She's the Mercers' Maiden and you'll find...

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...

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...

coco chanel westminster lamppost

Why Is Coco Chanel On Every Westminster Lamppost?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The eagle-eyed among you may this symbol, featured on ever Westminster lamppost:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_single_image image="57448" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_column_text]It's basically a fancy 'W' the symbol of the Duke of Westminster. So far, so usual.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_column_text] BUT on the other side...