Hidden London

Are London’s ‘Secret’ Places Really Secret?

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When I wrote my latest London book round-up recently, I noticed that the words ‘secret’ and ‘hidden’ cropped up a lot in the titles. Fine, you won’t find St Paul’s Cathedral in these guide books, but you will find an awful lot of venues that could hardly be called ‘hidden’ or ‘secret’ or even ‘relatively […]

Ten Ways To Fall Back In Love With London

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After a long and particularly boring winter, we have a tendency to disrespect London and find fault with the city. Then along comes a warm spring evening and everything is somehow alright again. In order to maximise this rare and lovely sensation, here’s a handy guide to what you can do on the next impromptu […]

The London I Don’t Know So Well

My friend Jennifer uses a running gag about me, lifting a quote from a review that said ‘Christopher Fowler and the London he knows so well’ – well, I was reading this morning that there’s a row about how the gardens set up as a memorial for the thousands of merchant seamen who died in […]

London’s Old & New Alleyways

The city’s Square Mile lost a lot of courtyards and alleyways in the building boom of the eighties and nineties, but architects finally seem to be discovering the use of courtyards and alleys again. The centres of public buildings both old and new are being turned into small public thoroughfares. I would like to think […]