Blackfriars

Corners Of London: Blackfriars

When I visit my new publishers, Quercus, at Blackfriars, I find myself in a massively changed landscape, partly because after decades of dithering the road layout has finally been settled, and partly because of the huge tube/train station foyer that now stands opposite the old Blackfriar pub. Blackfriars was named after the black habits worn […]

Art Goes Down The Tube

Back in the 1920s the London underground tube system was updated from its dark-wood Victorian designs and enjoyed a unified modernist look that lasted for the next 60 years – clean lines, matching tiles, elegant lighting and streamlined simplicity. By the time the 1980s arrived, the wheels were really starting to come off the system. […]