Euston Arch

Puzzled In London: 1

This doesn’t exist. The immense Doric Arch that used to herald the entrance to Euston Station was torn down in 1961 against the wishes of the public and architectural experts, and was dumped to save money, but its pediments still exist and have been turned – inevitably – into pubs. The buildings that replaced it […]

Transforming London’s Stations

After I had major eye surgery I was supposed to be collected from the hospital but my ride fell through and it was raining so hard that there were no cabs, so I did a dumb thing. I went by tube. In the rush hour. With only 20% sight. And to make matters worse, I […]

10 Bits Of London We Mislaid (And Sometimes Put Back)

Do you ever get the feeling when you walk along a familiar street that something is different and a bit of it has perhaps vanished? I get this feeling all the time, usually because developers have whipped something away behind my back – but the mislaying of bits of London is not a new thing […]

Euston, We Have Lift-Off!

This Greek Revival propylaeum, or monumental gateway, the Euston Arch, was designed by Philip Hardwick, architect of Birmingham Cathedral, and erected in 1838. Its wilful demolition, approved by PM Harold Macmillan, Greek scholar, has been described as the greatest single act of civic and cultural barbarism in postwar Britain. The replacement, an ugly European glass […]