In 1948 Peter Jackson sketched London oddities for the Evening News, which was then a broadsheet (as was the Evening Standard). His collected works were published in two volumes, ‘London Explorer’ and ‘London Is Stranger Than Fiction’.
These volumes are filled with forgotten bits about the city, including where you could see a sedan chair phone box, a pub which never closes, a clock that goes backwards, a church whipping post or a memorial to mice. Sadly most of the quirky things have vanished, but there are great puzzles, like this one;
Which area has four underground stations named after points of the compass?
The original books have been highly collectable for many years now, but finally they’ve been republished in a single volume from Bear Alley Books here for the ridiculously reasonable price of £14.99. Do yourself a favour. Find out where you can see 11 clocks by standing in one position on a London street – they’re great reads.