Did you know you could walk from one side of the Thames to another, underneath the river? A social revolution Opened in 1902, the Greenwich Thames foot tunnel allowed dock workers who lived on the south side of the river an easier way to get [...]
I've long been curious about all the little upon-Thames towns (partly due, no doubt, to having read one too many Daisy Dalrymple mysteries). There's an array of them: Henley-on-Thames, Staines-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston-upon-Thames...
Tired of getting up at 3 am to reach that early morning flight? I know I am. So when on a recent journey, I had yet another very early flight leaving from London's Heathrow airport, I thought I might give Yotel a go. As a [...]
This is the London headquarters of Hercule Poirot. It's called Whitehaven Mansions in the series, and Florin Court in the real world.
Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew This week's #FriFotos* theme - autumn/fall - inspired me to add an extra post. I've just returned from a hectic few days in London, attending the World Travel Market and heaps of fringe fun. I took Wednesday morning off, [...]
123 years ago, a man known as Jack hung around Whitechapel, ridding the world of prostitutes. Five murders have been attributed to him. Grotesque murders, but still "only" five. Judging by the number alone, he seems a bit of an amateur among serial killers. Yet, [...]
Continuing our time-travel through London’s pernicious past, here are a few ominous outings our forefathers might have enjoyed: Newgate prison and Execution dock Take an excursion to Newgate prison to gawk at inmates: Daniel Defoe sat here (for poking fun at the Tories), as did [...]