Bits Of London That Don’t Change: Kingly Street

London, Observatory

My picture shows Kingly Street, just behind Liberty’s, on a hot summer’s day in 1909…
Nah, I’m lying. I took it this morning on my iPhone and just whacked some sepia on it. Kingly Street doesn’t change that much – I had my 21st birthday party in the Red Lion here, and it was exactly the same then as now. The only difference is that now you have to wade through Japanese tourists filming themselves outside it, whereas the street used to be recognised for what it was – gloomy, shadowed, filled with suicidally depressing pubs that smelled of stale sausages. Hurrah for that at least!