Monthly Archives: November 2013

My other house is a Kenwood

After a couple of years of restoration, Kenwood House is back. A gleaming white vision of Regency sitting like a content and plump dove after the meal of its life, most people unknowingly arrive via the back of it. How many famous buildings can you name where the front facade barely registers? Not many. It couldn’t […]

Someone please tell me what ‘world class’ means?

A world class production. London’s restaurants are world class. A world class arena in a world class Olympic village. An infrastructure project that will put the capital in the world class league. Who else hears these words and wonder what the hell they mean? A world class restaurant indeed! Fancy me sitting down at one […]

Store Street gives Pret the finger

A rebellious nature is integral to all Londoners – or so I’m told. Soaking up alternative culture as if we invented the word, is it any wonder we’re so ashamed of our bland high streets? Pret one moment, Boots the next, it’s like a roll-out of top 20 hits or, worse still, listening to Smooth […]

Why Tom Baker matters

When – and possibly where – I grew up, Doctor Who was seriously uncool. An unmentionable passion, one for the inside voice rather than the outside one, only my best friend and I could speak the common language and sometimes even then it was in code. After watching Day of the Doctor last night, along […]

A little art deco gem

Red Lion square, London. Such an honourable and slightly conspicuous name. If you thought Corinthian columns, domes and plaster reliefs then you may have set your expectations a little high. Lower them a little. And perhaps a little more. Mention Red Lion square and most people will draw a blank. Compared to other famous squares […]

The Brunswick Centre, a residential cathedral

Bloomsbury, that odd sock of London. One moment it’s nurses’ quarters, the next a sturdy row of Georgian terraces. You’ll be walking down a street wondering what shady area of London you’ve come into only to be confronted by the soaring architecture of the British Museum. With a little bit of everything, Bloomsbury’s greatest asset […]

Walk with the dead in the City of London

A cemetery such as Bunhill Fields Burial Ground is a potent reminder of a more youthful London, particularly as space in the city has become such a premium. How Bunhill hasn’t gone the way of so many other graveyards is anyone’s guess, more familiar are we with the sight of headstones lined up like teeth […]