London Pubs No.7: The Jerusalem Tavern

Back On The Roof

Simon’s been climbing around London rooftops again. Here’s his charming wife being served tea on top of Kensington Palace roof…

Infinite London

People have asked about the opening shots of London on this site, all of which are from Flickr. Here are a couple that didn’t make it (but only because of lack of space). It’s worth pointing out to non-Londoners that brown night skies are the curse we live with here, thanks to phenomenal light pollution […]

Up On The Roof (Again)

My friend Simon has been up on the city’s rooftops art-directing a ‘Visit London’ campaign, and has been getting some cracking shots from angles we don’t normally see. Here’s the Dean of Westminster taking tea on the roof of his gaff, as you probably be tempted to do.

London Pubs No.6: The Old Dr Butler’s Head

This pub can be found at 2 Mason’s Avenue, London Wall. Dr. Butler was a fraud. He failed to qualify at Cambridge and practised some pretty outrageous ‘cures’. For epilepsy he would fire a brace of pistols near his unsuspecting patient’s face, to scare the epilepsy from them, or in cases of the plague, plunge […]

Camden Goes Mod

An impromptu mod scooter parade through Camden on Saturday reminded me that the town always was, and always will be, the home of Madness rather than Amy Winehouse (whose horse face is emblazoned on the side of a market stall). This coffee stall is typical in what I identify as Camden-Mod style. So I thought […]

MP Claims We’re All Jealous

Tory MP Anthony Steen shoved the inspection of five hundred trees on expenses and had this to say about being caught out. “I think I have behaved impeccably. I have done nothing criminal. And you know what it’s about? Jealousy. I have got a very, very large house. Some people say it looks like Balmoral, […]

London Pubs No. 5: The Seven Stars, Carey St

Hidden away behind the Royal Courts of Justice (High Court) this odd little pub is about as quaint as the courts are grand. It was one of a handful of local buildings to survive the Great Fire (1666) and in 2002 celebrated its 400th anniversary with a street party. Proprietor Roxy Beaujolais is presumably still […]

Above The Fire

My friend Simon has been art-directing shoots around the rooftops of London, and discovered that you can actually get to the very top of The Monument. Above the ball of fire there’s room for just one person to stand…

London Pubs No. 4: The Tipperary Fleet St

The Tipperary in Fleet Street used to be called The Boar’s Head. It was built in 1605 with stones taken from the Whitefriars Monastery, stones that allowed it to survive unharmed in the raging inferno of the Great Fire of London. The Tipperary claims to be the first Irish pub outside Ireland and the first […]