Monthly Archives: May 2009

Immodesty In Camden

That’s what I love about London. On a quiet Monday night you can pop around the corner and see a burlesque showgirl in a giant foam-filled champagne glass. The Immodesty Blaze Tease show is back at Koko, with Julian Clary compering and Marc Almond singing ‘That Fabulous Dress’ to a Monroe gal in gold sequins. […]

London Pubs No.2 – Williamson’s Tavern

Despite the legends about this being London’s oldest excise licence and watering hole since soon after the Great Fire of London, the reality is most of the actual structure dates from the 1930’s. But it was built from the ruins of the Great Fire. Tucked in a courtyard (Groveland Ct) off an alley from Bow […]

Serial Killer Returns To Covent Garden

Today is the Annual Puppet Fair at Covent Garden’s actors’ Church, St Paul’s. Parade is at 10:am and the shows go on all afternoon – (all together now) ‘That’s the way to do it!’

The French Films You Never See In London

Not every French film is about an angsty bourgeois family being sarcastic and shagging in a chateau. There are lots of action movies teeming with product placement and stupid car chases that we simply don’t see. This is one of my favourites. In ‘Le Boulet’ our hero has to retrieve a winning lottery ticket from […]

Hell Train Arriving!

I’ve always had a great love of horror films and books, and although it’s early days here’s a sneak preview of a project I’ve been working on for some time, courtesy of master horror artist Graham Humphreys. Hell Train should be roaring into the station early next year…

London Pubs No.1: The Cheshire Cheese

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese at 145 Fleet St was well known in the 17th century, and many pubs have previously occupied this site. One of them, the Horn Tavern is recorded in 1538. The earliest incarnation was a guest house belonging to a 13th century Carmelite Monastery, and the pub’s vaulted cellars are thought to […]

London Trivia 2.8

Who is this, and where can you find him? (He didn’t like being depicted in the nude, so we bought it and rather gallingly gave it to the one person he would least have appreciated owning it)

Mysterious Events

Over the years, the Bryant & May novels have been nominated for quite a few awards, and have won several – next, they’re up for the Last Laugh Award at Bristol Crimefest (May 14-17), a prestigious international event for all mystery fans that you can find out about here. Meanwhile in the USA, independent mystery […]

Inner Calm In King’s Cross

This old engine shed is currently home to an installation by William Forsyth… Each afternoon, thousands of suspended white balloons gently sway and change colour in the dying light, as ethereal music fills the immense space. The free event ends tomorrow.

Big Stars In Local News

Once small towns and neighbourhoods appeared in their local press because their gardeners had grown giant marrows, or because the crossing lady was retiring. Now, celebrity culture has even invaded here. I can imagine the scene in the press room. ‘Get rid of the garden fete story – this is big!’