On bank holiday weekend, boaters congregated at Little Venice on the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal for the Inland Waterways Association Canalway Cavalcade. An English village fete for boat dwellers of sorts, with agricultural show-style demonstrations of boating skills and equipment. And bunting. So much bunting.
Confusingly located beside the River Wandle on Blackshaw Road in Tooting on the far edge of the London Borough of Wandsworth, Lambeth Cemetery is closer to Merton than to Lambeth. But established by Lambeth following the Metropolitan Burial Act of 1852, pushing burial grounds to the then periphery of the […]
People say they’re ugly. And want them put underground. But I think it’s a bit more complicated than that.
Three years ago I was passing through Manchester on the way from Edinburgh to Snowdonia. Took an evening stroll down Salford’s Chapel Street: the main A6 road from Salford Central to the rest of the borough. They had just completed a Kensington High Street-style “shared space makeover”, with expensive shiny […]
The West of England Main Line was the Southern Railway’s “Holiday Line”: the main route from London Waterloo to the West Country: to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall. It was also the route from London back to the childhood home, and over the years I managed to collect a […]
Yesterday I reacquainted myself with just what an awful place Regents Street on London’s West End is. Made my way down the obstacle course that is the overcrowded footway to check on the protest making its way up from the other end of the street. It almost didn’t make it: […]
At 12:20pm two Chinooks, two Apache helicopters, one Sea King MK4, a C-130-J Hercules and two GR4 Tornados came up over South London and flew low over St Paul’s Cathedral and past the skyline of the City of London. The conditions weren’t spectacular. Looking south over Clerkenwell from the roof […]