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9 May 2022
Reframed: The Woman In The Window at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Ooh this is a good idea, and something I hadn’t noticed or thought about until I heard about this show – the repeated motif that can be see...
29 April 2022
Coal hole cover plates made by the Luxfer Company of Finsbury
Striding up Sackville Street earlier this week, cutting through from Piccadilly to Vigo Street, I happened upon these two unusual coal hole ...
26 April 2022
The Good, The Bad and The Unfriendly – Van Gogh Portraits at The Courtauld Gallery
The Courthauld Gallery closed its doors in Autumn 2018 for a refit and rehang that took three years , reopening in November 202. As one of m...
22 April 2022
Circles of delight in WC2
Last week whilst ambling from Piccadilly to Holborn via Long Acre, admiring the architecture and generally enjoing the sunshine, I happened ...
20 April 2022
Criminal loss of curved Art Deco windows at Balenciaga, New Bond Street
I am often to be heard talking about how surprising it is that many of the marvellously constructed and well-embellished buildings along Old...
11 April 2022
Little letters at low level
Has anyone else ever spotted this on the streets of this fair city? Only, I have showed the image above to many London historians, guides an...
5 April 2022
Owen & Thomas, linen drapers, 376-378 Bethnal Green Road, E2
I took a quick snap of this when I spotted this last year, but being as that was a very dull day and there was some scaffolding covering h...
4 April 2022
Another shop fascia reveal – this time at 237 Upper Street, opposite The Union Chapel
So there I was, leading a guided walk down Upper Street last Thursday 31st March. The subject was 'Islington's Golden Mile – drapery...
16 March 2022
Another ghostsign – Benjamin, Shepherd Market, Mayfair
You probably think all I look for and write about about these days is ghost signs. Well, that's not true – I've got a folder fit to ...
13 February 2022
Blooms Pianos, Kingsland Road – two signs and at least four workshops
I was in Shoreditch recently, wandering about admiring things, planning walking routes and generally enjoying the Winter sunshine. I decided...
10 February 2022
Shaftesbury Hotel ghostsign – a bargain price at a great location with breakfast and billiards
This might be the best hidden-in-plain-sight ghostsign in central London. I have been busy pulling together some online talks about old defu...
8 February 2022
On the tiles at George's Fish & Chips shop, 45 Tottenham Lane, N8
At the northern end of Tottenham Lane, on the right and just before the fork where the road meets Church Lane and leads down to the right an...
3 February 2022
An update on the renovation of Hornsey Town Hall and the surrounding site
Yesterday I went up to Hornsey Town Hall to see what's happening at the Town Hall site adjacent to Crouch End Broadway. As you can see, ...
1 February 2022
Reveal of old Wills's tobacconist sign in Hornsey Road, N19
Earlier this year, as I was exiting the Post Office at Hornsey Road, I spotted a lovely old shop fascia across the road at No.526, advertis...
14 January 2022
Please help to save the unusual 'Art Deco' style façade of Willen House, Bath Street
If you have been on my 'Art Deco Shoreditch' walking tour you will know that a popular and provocative stop along the route is Will...
30 December 2021
Clapton ghostsigns – hints of upwardly-mobile Victorians and a multi-layered engma
I've been wandering the streets a lot these past few weeks. Either just following my nose, investigating places I don't know so well...
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