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A London Blog

A drive through London…

THE BLITZ

THE BLITZ

On September 7th 1940, during WW2, approximately 350 German bombers appeared in the sky over London and carried out the first bombing raid in what became a sustained air campaign against the capital. Over 450 Londoners died that day. The Blitz had started. The battle...

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The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London of 1666 started in the early hours of 2nd September and raged for 3 days before it finally burnt itself out. It left a scene of total devastation in its wake. Over 51 Churches, 13,000 houses and many public buildings, some 80% of the city,...

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St Bartholomew’s Gatehouse

St Bartholomew’s Gatehouse

Gatehouses would have been all the rage in medieval England and this Gatehouse, a rare combination of a 13th century stone arch topped with a 16th century Tudor structure, is undoubtedly one of London's best examples. Amazingly, this hybrid gateway to St Bartholomew's...

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Ten Trinity Square

Ten Trinity Square

Neoclassical architecture doesn't come any better than this. Ten Trinity Square originally housed the Port of London Authority whose job it was to collect river taxes - hence the figure of old Father Thames looking out from the top of the building.After various...

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Holborn Viaduct

Holborn Viaduct

Another wonderful example of Victorian engineering and architecture, I love driving under Holborn Viaduct which spans Farringdon Street. I always try to imagine the 'lost' River Fleet which would have flowed here (now converted to a subterranean sewer beneath the...

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Churchill & Roosevelt

Churchill & Roosevelt

This bronze sculpture of the two wartime allied leaders was erected in Bond Street in 1995, on the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The two men were very different in many ways. Churchill a former soldier and staunch Conservative while...

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The Michelin Building

The Michelin Building

This highly decorated Art deco building on the corner of Fulham Road comes as a very pleasant surprise. Built for the Michelin Company in 1911, what a sight it must have been! Classy Tyre fitting bays at the front and over 30,000 tyres stored in the basement which...

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The Old Vic

The Old Vic

There's something reassuring and timeless about the Old Vic standing proudly at the intersection of The Cut and Waterloo Road. Established here in South London in 1818 as a 'minor theatre' (as opposed to the more important 'patent' theatres in Covent Garden), it was...

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Smithfield Market

Smithfield Market

The last remaining wholesale market left in Central London, Smithfield not only boasts a stunning Victorian building (designed by Horace Jones, who also designed Tower Bridge) but also represents a continuous history of over 800 years of being a meat market on the...

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