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Southwark Needle

Conceived as part of plans for a new public space and welcome gateway to Southwark, this slanted 16 metre long point is made of 25 differently-shaped blocks of Portland stone. You may, like many others, walk straight past this plain monument by London Bridge Station and...

Curtain Road Theatre #LoveTheatreDay

On the side of the Horse & Groom on Curtain Road, Shoreditch there’s a clue to what’s behind the hoardings. In October 2011 parts of The Curtain Theatre were discovered, The second oldest Shakespearean playhouse in London, dating from around 1577. The Curtain theatre would probably contained...

Genesis Cinema #LoveTheatreDay

Between 1848 – 1989 the building on the site of Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel has been a pub, Music Hall, theatre and Cinema. From 1848 until 1884 it was Lusby’s Music Hall, a celebrated venue that hosted some of the best Music Hall acts of...

The Pineapple in London

[gallery] The Humble Pineapple Often when you look up at architecture you’ll spot decorative pineapples, like this one on Christ Church Greyfriars. But what do they symbolise? Columbus first came across pineapples in the ‘New World’ (now Guadeloupe) in 1493 and when he brought it back to Europe...

Line London Sculpture trail

The Line London Sculpture Trail

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