Shepherds Bush Green to Brook Green

Obscured by the [1] W12 Shopping Centre, tower blocks and electronic billboards around [2] Shepherds Bush Green, is a little hidden oasis. There is a lengthy official document about it, […]

Goldhawk Road to Ravenscourt Park

In Roman times, a highway ran all the way from Londinium to Silchester. It cut through a little hamlet called Shepherd’s Bush. Every Friday, Oliver Cromwell would travel along it […]

The 1908 Olympics Rings at White City

The Great White City at Shepherds Bush

In 2008, a glass and steel mega retail city was built just behind Shepherds Bush station. When [1] Westfield Shopping Centre expanded even further in 2018, it became Europe’s largest […]

Paths and Green on Shepherds Bush Green

Around the Green at Shepherds Bush

They say that shepherds did indeed watch over their flock in [1] Shepherds Bush, as they sheltered under the pruned hawthorn trees on its pastures before then continuing their journey […]

Notting Hill (Part Three) – From Pigsty to Posh

By the 1830s, there already existed a little hamlet in Notting Hill known as the “Potteries and Piggeries”. But it wasn’t quite designer earthenware and gourmet sausage shops as I’d […]

Nottinghill (Part Two) – The Grand Union Canal to Kensal Green Cemetery

What a difference a few minutes makes in London. One moment I’m in scrubs infested by snakes in Saxon times. And the next, I’m on a canal from the industrial […]

Notting Hill (Part One) – Westway, Wormwood Scrubs and the Mitre Bridge

As the Hammersmith Line makes its way overground to Ladbroke Grove, a busy dual carriageway known as [1] Westway dominates the view. Built in the 1960s, it writhes through North […]

Belgravia – Cubitt’s Squares

From a dangerous swamp in the Middle Ages, #Belgravia gets handed over to the #Grosvenors as part of a marriage dowry. Part Two wanders amongst the grand white stuccos and the story of #ThomasCubitt and his wonderful #Belgravia #squares.

Belgravia – A Dangerous Swamp

It’s the Middle Ages. The Westbourne flows by [1] Sloane Square. Blandell Bridge is nothing more than a plank across the river. Around are wide, open fields. It’s pleasant enough […]

A Crescent Shaped Stroll Around Aldwych

For a short crescent, it’s jam packed with stories. King Alfred the Great once walked amongst his people here. A church at one end of Aldwych dedicates itself to the […]