Wilton’s Music Hall is a hidden London gem, a unique building and a bugger to find when you’re in a hurry and the show’s about to start. It comprises a mid-19th Century grand music hall attached to an 18th Century terrace of three houses and a pub, originally an alehouse dating from 1743 or earlier. It’s [...]
Where in Central London is this and what does it have to do with a state in America?
The London of the Kray twins has pretty much gone now. I was reminded of this while watching Peter Medak’s excellent film again last night.
It’s official; in terms of property, London is the most expensive city in the world. (Not for the cost of living – that’s Tokyo.)
The problem is that it’s pulling away from [...]
Just a reminder that on Thursday May 16th, Michael Moorcock, Peter Milligan, Mike Carey, Roger Langridge and I will be helping to launch TRIPWIRE 21 and an exhibition at Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London at 6.30pm, price £5 / £3. I shall be attempting to avoid geekiness and hide my awe at the illustrious company and [...]
This is a very London story. For the past four decades, the concrete undercroft at the unlovely Southbank Centre has been the home of skateboarders and graffiti artists, making it one of the oldest skate parks in the world. It’s always been an oddly safe and charming version of those dead areas you get under [...]
As Bryant & May embark on their eleventh full-length mystery, I’m amazed it’s taken them so long to settle on Clerkenwell for a location. It seems the neighbourhood has flitted in and out of most of my novels, but has never taken centre-stage before. It should have done; the Clerkenwell House of Detention is one [...]
Walking around the corner to get a loaf of bread from the patisserie in St Pancras Station, which brings Parisian bread in on the Eurostar, I was astonished to see yet another new sculpture on the upper floor – this time of people living among the clouds, up near the immense glass roof of the [...]
After I posted old footage of London in the 1950s, I noticed that the original host site had been hit with a number of quasi-racist remarks, along the lines of ‘Weren’t things nicer then when we were all English,’ and so on.
I have no nostalgia for that selectively remembered past at all, just a natural [...]
I have to hit London’s West End tonight (Piccadilly Circus, oh joy) and I have a feeling it’s going to be a bit crazy down there, although so far Margaret Thatcher’s funeral has so far been marked by solemnity and respect. Even so, one would like to think that an oppositional point of view (something [...]
Best Weather Reports: The Londonist
‘Spring continues its Marge Simpson ‘slow and steady wins the race’ attitude. Moderate, unremarkable temperatures and a botheration of clouds are a marked improvement on last week, but it’s all still disappointing sky bilge. The wind can cock off as well.’
Best Indian London:
The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a masterpiece of Indian stonework and [...]