Latest Additions…

You’ll find new ‘Forgotten Authors’ top right, and another new chapter from ‘Paperboy’.

Mike Leigh’s Buildings

  This hard-to-find block of flats is the last of the row that appeared in Mike Leigh’s hilarious film ‘High Hopes’. It’s tucked behind the German Gymnasium next to St Pancras, and doesn’t look long for this world. Below is a pub in Finsbury that deserves to be in a Mike Leigh film – a […]

Unexpected London

Two views of the same place. Try and guess where they are. The answer is below. The first is Battlebridge Basin, King’s Cross. The second is just behind St Pancras International station. Both are a five minute walk from the commuter chaos of Euston Road, and both are so quiet you can only hear birdsong. […]

Got A Spare £5 Million?

Then you could buy the tunnels that run underneath Holborn Kingsway! It seems a bit steep for a place with no windows. After being used to store trams and providing wartime shelter, they’re finally being flogged off. Is it my imagination, or do they look as if they were created by the legendary Ken Adam, […]

The Weird World Of The Tube Olympics

 For much of the first Bryant & May mystery series, my elderly detectives worked on the first floor of Mornington Crescent tube station. What they may not have known was that since 1960, people have been attempting the break the world record for visiting all 273 tube stations in one go. The earliest record was […]

When A Man Is Tired Of London…

  …he needs to look at Jason Hawkes’ beautiful night photographs. If you like this, there are another eighteen beautiful big shots at the URL – sorry, you have to cut and paste it. The pictures are posted on the website of the Boston Globe. As a matter of interest, anyone who buys into the […]

Less violence, more violins in King’s Cross

London’s new centre for music and the visual arts opened this weekend with an amazing 100 concerts in 5 days. At just £4.50 for an introductory ticket it brought concert-going within reach of everyone. It also holds restaurants and bars, and is the future home of the Guardian and Observer newspapers. This shot looks photoshopped […]

London Secrets

Here are a couple of unusual London sights this week. When bad seventies buildings are torn down, they briefly expose older houses behind which are never normally seen from the street. One such new view has suddenly appeared in St Martin’s Lane. Older still is this view taken from an alleyway in St Chad’s behind […]

Why I Love The Interweb…

Because once, when something was lost it stayed lost forever. But now, some enterprising person can always be relied upon to track it down and post it. Remember the unsuccessful movie version of the Little Shop Of Horrors? The second one with Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene? It failed, I suspect, because it was a bit […]

Try Shooting The Ad Agency Chimps…

The awful thing is that the agency staff are probably secretly congratulating themselves for placing this piss-poor movie poster on Stockwell Station, where Jean Charles de Menezes was gunned down by police. The copyline reads; ‘Three’s nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot.’ Welcome to London. Shot by