Wednesday, 21 December 2022
St Mary Le Strand Church, The Strand, Central London
Sunday, 4 December 2022
The Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, Central London
Retro movie posters, funky lighting and distressed wallpaper in the depths of the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho.
Friday, 18 November 2022
Albert Square, Stockwell, South London
Dating from the late 1840s, Albert Square retains much of its original grandeur. It has 36 imposing five-storey houses (including basements and attics) embellished with elaborate cornicing and stucco dressings. They overlook a neat communal garden shaded by towering plane trees.
Bonnington Square, Vauxhall, South London
Stockwell Terrace, South London
Although it overlooks a busy road junction, Stockwell Terrace retains its Regency elegance, thanks in part to a hint of a crescent, some well-preserved wrought iron balconies and old school street lamps.
Saturday, 12 November 2022
Blythe Hill Fields, South London
Sunday, 30 October 2022
Portobello Road, Notting Hill, West London
Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill, West London
Although it is slightly dilapidated. the east end of Elgin Crescent still has an air of grandeur. The tall stucco style houses have been embellished with all sorts of Victorian flourishes and period features.
Kensington Park Terrace North, Notting Hill, West London
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
The View from Gypsy Hill, South London
Monday, 24 October 2022
Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire
Saturday, 22 October 2022
Thursday, 20 October 2022
Victorian Bath House, Bishopsgate Churchyard, Liverpool Street
New Broad Street, Central London
Cobbled, pedestrianised and with no on-street parking, New Broad Street is a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle and glass and steel of much of the City. As a handsome early twentieth century office building, numbers 56 to 62 (on the left in the photo above) are Grade II listed. They face the neo-classical Friars House and Orient House, which date from 1907, but aren't listed.
Saturday, 15 October 2022
Chimps Squaring Up, Near City Hall, Central London
Two bronze chimpanzees prepare to settle a score on the South Bank. It is one of the 28 statutes between London Bridge and Tower Bridge that make up the Chimps Are Family public exhibition, created by Gillie and Marc to highlight the value of conservation.
Thursday, 13 October 2022
St Peter's Church, Walworth, South London
The deservedly Grade I-listed St Peter’s Church was designed by Sir John Soane. It is an elegant brick built building "that would be of considerable interest anywhere", in the words of Southwark Council's report on the local conservation area. The tall arched windows are particularly eye-catching, as is the square clock tower bearing a round tower and small dome.
Thursday, 6 October 2022
The King's Arms, Roupell Street, Central London
Monday, 3 October 2022
The Liverpool Grove Conservation Area, South London
Saturday, 1 October 2022
Tom Tower, Christ Church College, Oxford
Holywell Street, Oxford
Semi-pedestrianised, Holywell Street is a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Oxford High Street. Many of the terrace houses date from the seventeenth century. Famous former residents include J.R.R Tolkein, who lived at number 99 during the early 1950s. A grandiose late nineteenth century extension to New College backs on to the street.
Old Indian Institute Building, Catte Street, Oxford
Dating from the late nineteenth century, the elegant Old Indian Institute building sits on the corner between Holywell Street and Catte Street. The institute was the brainchild of Sir Monier Monier-Williams, who was appointed the second Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University in 1860. He wanted to encourage and support greater research into Indian literature and culture. The building is now home to the management of the Oxford Martin School.
The Memorial Gardens, Christ Church College, Oxford
Passing through the ornate iron gates that lead from St. Aldate's into Broad Walk will take you into Christ Church College's well-tended Memorial Gardens. Designed in the 1920s to mark the college's losses in the First World War, the gardens were laid out in an Arts and Crafts style with a York stone path, stone walls, and herbaceous borders.
Trinity College, Oxford
Dating from the mid-sixteenth century, Trinity College is proud of its verdant gardens, visible from Broad Street.
Thursday, 29 September 2022
Cubana Mural, Lower Marsh, Central London
The street art proclaiming the presence of the Cubana bar and restaurant brings a splash of colour to the top end of Lower Marsh street.
The White Bear Theatre Pub, Kennington Park Road, South London
Squeezed in between venerable early Victorian terraces, the White Bear is a 250-year-old pub with its own theatre on site. Owned by Young & Co.’s Brewery of Wandsworth, this is a South London institution.
Monday, 29 August 2022
Notting Hill Carnival, Central London
Sunday, 28 August 2022
Cycling around Richmond Park, South West London
Friday, 26 August 2022
Addington Square, South London
Lined on three sides by a jumble of early nineteenth century houses, Addington Square is a peaceful and picturesque spot next to Burgess Park. Although most of the square is well maintained, there are a couple of semi-derelict houses that hark back to the 1960s, when the area was a den of iniquity.
Thursday, 25 August 2022
Trinity Street, South London
Laid out in 1813, Trinity Street is part of the well-preserved and peaceful Trinity Square Conservation Area. While it is an entirely residential area today, it was dotted with businesses in the nineteenth century. Largely closed to traffic, Trinity Street is now on one of the main cycling routes up to the City of London. A barrier, which prevents through traffic, was erected in 2002.
Benhill Road, South London
Another one of Camberwell's leafy Victorian residential streets, Benhill Road is on the cycle route from Crystal Palace into the City of London.
Brunswick Park, South London
Friday, 1 July 2022
Blackmere Road, Staffordshire Moorlands
East of Stoke-on-Trent, the Staffordshire Moorlands are criss-crossed by serene roads perfect for road cycling
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Halles Saint-Géry, Brussels
Nero Street Art, Place Saint-Géry, Brussels
One of Brussels' many street murals, the comic panel on a wall of Place Saint-Géry depicts Nero trying to feed some birds with the help of other characters also created and drawn by Marc Sleen. Nero, who appeared in a Belgium newspaper for more than 50 years, is one of the country's best known comic book characters.
La Machine, Pl. Saint-Géry, Brussels
Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Albert Embankment, Central London
Friday, 27 May 2022
Festival Time in Brockwell Park, South London
For several weekends each summer, Brockwell Park opens its gates to thousands of festival goers. But you can still get away from it all by heading for the hill at the rustic south end of the park.
Saturday, 14 May 2022
Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Kent
Sunday, 1 May 2022
Court Road, Orpington, Kent
Saturday, 30 April 2022
Watery Lane Meets Red Lane, Kent
Ightham Mote, Ightham, Kent
Friday, 18 February 2022
South End of Flood Street, Chelsea, London
Storm Damage in Chelsea, Central London
Wednesday, 16 February 2022
Herne Hill Station, South London
Herne Hill station overlooks a small pedestrianised square complete with bars, cafes, restaurants, a book shop and a flower stall.
Sunday, 6 February 2022
Blythe Hill Fields, South London
Tuesday, 1 February 2022
Fitzrovia Mural, Whitfield Gardens, Central London
First painted in 1980 by the London Borough of Camden, the Fitzrovia Mural celebrates the history of the area and eclectic sample of its residents, including the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. At 60 foot high, the mural dominates the small public space at its foot.