Brentford Docks, Brentford

The dock at Brentford was constructed in the mid 1850’s by the GWR (Great Western Railway), with Isambard Kingdom Brunel as chief architect. Built on a large island just south of the mouth of the River Brent, it was adjacent to the Grand Union Canal, and directly opposite Kew Gardens, on the other side of […]

Brown’s Dairy, Camden Town

Brown’s Dairy was a large dairy that stood at the junction of Kentish Town Rd and Camden High Street, where Camden Town tube station stands today. The location was also the previous site for the Pancras Workhouse before it. Although unimaginable today, Brown’s herd were kept on fields just north of today’s busy junction, and […]

Anchor Brewery, Shad Thames

Bankside was home to two large breweries during the 19th century. Barclay Perkins, near Clink St, and the Anchor Brewhouse, Shad Thames. London was home to an extensive brewery business, which included the largest in the world, Truman’s of Brick Lane. London once had many large breweries dotted around town such as Watney’s Whitechapel, Charrington’s […]

Summit House, Red Lion Square

Summit House is a beautiful example of a modernist office block, and sits proudly in Red Lion Square, Holborn. Built in 1925 by architects Joseph Emberton and Percy Westwood for The Austin Reed tailoring company. Founded in 1900 by Austin Leonard Reed, the company had their flagship store on Regent Street, after opening his first […]

Dusko Popov, the “real 007”, Knightsbridge.

Dusko Popov was born into a very wealthy family in Serbia, 1912. His early life was spent yachting in the Adriatic and being educated at some of Europe’s top schools, where he learnt Italian, French, German and English, all of which would benefit his future life as a playboy secret agent. He moved to Germany […]

Bruce Castle, Tottenham

Bruce Castle, Tottenham, has stood in this part of today’s North London since the 16th century, although it is understood a manor house has stood here since the early medieval period. The manor house is in fact one of the oldest surviving brick built houses in England. The land was once owned by the ‘De […]

Samuel Morse, Fitzrovia

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor, most famously known for developing the electric telegraph known as the Morse Code, although this technology was developed along with his friend Alfred Vail in 1838. Born in 1791, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA, Morse became well known as a portrait painter, but entering middle age moved […]

Pickering Place, St James’s

One of London’s literal hidden gems, Pickering Place (reportedly the smallest square in town) is passed by, by thousands of Londoners and tourists every year, and it’s easy to see why, with the entrance to the court being only a few feet wide. However, if you happen to stumble into Pickering Place, it’s well worth […]

Northumberland House, Crutched Friars, The City

  Northumberland House was a large manor house situated just south of Aldgate in the mid 15th century, and the London home of the Earl of Northumberland. Constructed in 1455, for Henry Percy, the then Earl, by the late 16th century the house had all but been abandoned and used as one of London’s first […]

Goodbye Royal Free Hospital, Gray’s Inn Road.

From a lofty perch for the last few months, I have witnessed the demise of the old Royal Free Hospital building. On this land initially stood the barracks and stables for the Light horse volunteers of London and Westminster, until disbanded in the early 1830’s. The Royal Free Hospital had opened its doors nearby in […]