Category: Changing London

Bankside re-emerges in the pub

If you want to understand why the hustle and bustle returned to Bankside after it was abandoned whenRoman Britain fizzled out then Borough High Street is as good as any place to start. Here a thorough-fare on the main road from the Kent coast to London was becoming […]

Profitable side to charming St James’s

Spending an afternoon exploring St James’s provides the senses with a touch of nostalgia. The exclusive shops, nestled amongst grand houses and gentlemen’s clubs, remind us of the time before British high streets became clones of one another, lined with endless Tesco Express and Starbucks outlets. But St […]

Victorian splendour nearly lost for ever

Travelling across Britain I’m always alarmed when I come across accounts of how places of national historical or archaeological importance could have been lost forever. Splendid buildings like St Pancras Station and over two thirds of Covent Garden, for example, would have been destroyed by developers had campaigners […]