Tuesday, 27 April 2010

English Graffiti

Noel Coward's London Pride scrawled on a dustbin.

Sunday, 25 April 2010


The Quality Chop House on Farringdon Road. Progressive Working Class Caterer. A classy joint.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Oh Yeah?

One of an endless supply of daft London signs.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Pub o' the Week

Well, more of a bar, but for once that's excusable. Bradley's Spanish Bar, Hanway Street off Oxford Street W1. Best jukebox in town. Once featured Dennis Waterman giving it large on his hit I Could Be So Good For You. I hope it still does. Blinding.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Simply Messing About In Boats

A Chinese flavour in Little Venice.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Living in London? You Deserve a Medal

So buy yourself one at Cecil Court WC2, London's best, grumpiest, most individual shops.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Almost a Griffin

Griffin Park is Brentford F.C's home ground. It is the only football ground with a pub at each corner. But that's not a griffin (above). So WTF is it? Is it just a plain old football-playing winged-lion? Any suggestions?

Monday, 19 April 2010

Hole in the Wall

Banished from Trafalgar Square, a pigeon plots its revenge from a hole in the Roman London wall.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

All the News That's Fit to Print

A piece of newspaper publishing history on a plaque set into a paving stone, underfoot and handy for the gutter. Where else?

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Back in Time

But for the burglar alarm and the yellow lines on the road…

Friday, 16 April 2010


The sickly sodium glow casts its pall over the LU roundel at Farringdon (no effects added). We suppose this unique lighting state at Farringdon by night will be replaced when the Crossrail changes kick in. A pity. By dark Farringdon station always looks otherworldly in its perpetual yellow dusk.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Look Out for This Sign…

…and get walking. An 88 mile walk within a 10 mile radius of Big Ben.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

It's Silver!

Our sister bus the No.9 comes in second in the 51st annual London Bus Grand Prix. The 38 took gold, naturally.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010


View from Hampstead at dusk.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Pub o' the Week

Yes, it's called The Churchill. Yes, that's the Irish tricolour flying above The Churchill. And yes, The Churchill with the Irish flag serves Thai food. It's in Kensington Church Street.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Juke Joint?

Dappled by shadows from the leafy suburban trees, is prissy Highgate the last place one would expect to find a sign advertising a "Juke Joint"? Visit The Boogaloo.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

A Tree Grows in Clerkenwell II

Getting to look a lot like spring in Clerkenwell – at Pear Tree Court, the Peobody Trust estate, the architecture of which was once described by the great (but often infuriatingly snobbish) Nikolaus Pevsner as "detestable". (See The Buildings of England: London Vol. II Except the Cities of London and Westminster, 1952.)

Friday, 9 April 2010

Springtime in Suburbia

Spring on the fault line between suburban East Finchley and übersuburbia, Hampstead Garden Suburb. Mock tudor, chichi motor cars, the Heath beyond. My favourite thing: very little aesthetic pollution in the shape of "signage". Only one of those horrid neighbourhood watch signs with the cutesy meerkats is visible. Those must really put the wind up the crims.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Bar of the Week. Ssssssh!

A splendid time is guaranteed… just make sure to keep your voice down, it's a library.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

A Very London Juxtaposition II

A thuggish tower block mugging an innocent little old pub.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Recession-Proof Marketing

Tasty Cafe. Not as prissy as The Yummy Cafe. Not as sanctimonious as The Nutritious Cafe. Tasty. Nicely done. (St John St, Clerkenwell EC1.)

Monday, 5 April 2010

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Inside a Work of Art: Post #100

Fulcrum (1987) by minimalist sculptor Richard Serra.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Bunhill Fields Forever

Bunhill Fields, the nonconformist burial ground, at an early spring dusk 2010.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Not Straying Far Today

Bank Holiday weekend, Good Friday 2010. The view from my desk.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Pie and a Pint

The pub where George Orwell took a pint (or two) before heading off to the Spanish Civil War. Best pie shop in London since Mrs Lovat's. It's in Rathbone Place W1.