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Scottish Widows Plaque

Scottish Widows: The Birth of Statistics

This plaque, tucked down a hidden courtyard in The City, is the only reminder that this building was the former Scottish Widows’ office at 28-30 Cornhill. I was reminded of a great story (one of many) in Yuval Harari’s remarkable book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind....

The Window Cleaner

(Allan Sly, 1990) Sly is used to creating expressive sculptures, but this tongue-in-cheek one is a favourite of mine. Our anonymous window cleaner approaches a building, looking up in exasperation at the size of the skyscraper in front of him (especially when we consider he’s only...

Winter Lights 2016: A Sneak Peek

Aiming to showcase the most innovative international contemporary artists, this interactive exhibition uses light technology to explore communication and our senses. I’ve picked my five favourite works dotted around Canary Wharf 1. My Light is Your Light – Alaa Minawi  In today’s troubled world. The artwork was created...

Seven Things I Learned From #PepysShow

7 Things I Learned From #PepysShow

The National Maritime Museum’s exhibition; Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution is a must-see for any London enthusiast. Here are seven things I learned from this remarkable show… 1. He was a social commentator at 15 Samuel Pepys, aged just 15, was in the audience at Whitehall on...

BLEWCOAT SCHOOL, VICTORIA

Blewcoat School, Victoria

Built in 1709 to house a charity school founded in 1688 by William Greene, a local London brewer. This Blewcoat school (one of many that can be found across the capital) educated and clothed twenty boys form the parishes of St Margaret and St John...