19th March 2000

Ballast Quay, Greenwich, London SE10 9PD

This little period piece was taken very early into the new century, so the building on the right here isn’t yet the peculiarly named ‘Theo too‘ we know and love today. It wasn’t even yet the White Elephant that sat there unwanted for five years following its less than glorious year as a major New Millennium attraction.…

23rd September 2007

Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 5DJ

We have the estimable Thomas Bazalgette to thank for today’s image – not, as far as I know, because his enthusiasm for cycling was such that he created this lovely straight highway alongside the river to pootle along on his Penny Farthing (he would’ve been almost 70 by then), but that the desperate need for…

17th August 2014

100 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6EE

This may look somewhat incongruous: have gentlemen’s shirt specialists Charles Tyrwhitt recently launched a range of designer silk sarees? Or maybe there’s a sudden rage for floral printed jersey wrap tops amongst the Punjabi community of north London? Well, not yet in both circumstances, as you’ve probably guessed. These beautifully attired women are about to…

6th December 2009

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1J 0QB

Here we are in Piccadilly, in Burlington House’s Annenberg Courtyard (or, to put it another way, the front yard of the Royal Academy of Arts) and here we have the statue of RA founder Joshua Reynolds, apparently putting the finishing touches to an ambitiously distorted representation of his immediate environment – except that obviously can’t…

7th October 2001

Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

If it wasn’t for Happy Electric Head Dreadlock Man in the poster, you could easily assume this picture was taken at least twenty or thirty years ago instead of 2001, so much has Brick Lane changed over the past dozen or so years. This was, of course before that new fancy Dan railway took over…

6th March 2011

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5NJ

You could be forgiven for assuming that the majority of Russians living in London these days are either billionaires or ex-spies. Or both. Anyway, let’s not go there, shall we? There are, however, depending on how you calculate it (first generation, second generation, former-Soviet empire, etc), somewhere between 20,000 and 150,000 ‘Russians’ resident in London…

16th June 2002

Riverside Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9JB.

Walk along the riverside from the South Bank to Bankside and the ubiquity of street performers these days can be overwhelming. The patch by Jubilee Gardens is particularly popular with human statues, bubble ‘artists’, hyperactive Ghanaian acrobats and belting balladeers. Oh, and some geezer called Nile. Up near Tate Modern it’s slightly less crowded (except when…

11th October 2010

Savile Row, London W1S 3PE

It may seem like the latest thing in bespoke tailoring – not only does one chose the fabric and the style, but he or she can also select the specific sheep (‘Exmoor Horn or Bowmont, sir?’) that will provide the wool. Presumably Gieves & Hawkes have their own shearer on site, and Hardy Amies have…

6th March 2004

The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ

There was a time, back in the early days of the century, when it was seen as something of a novelty to go to a major sporting event at, say, Twickenham in some sort of fancy dress. These days, of course, it’s a rarity to come across anyone who isn’t. So here we are in…

8th June 2008

London Regatta Centre, London E16 2QT

This is almost a something of a home-coming for London’s Chinese Community, being held in what was, not that very long ago, a major chunk of London’s extensive Docklands and where the first Chinese migrants established themselves – I say ‘almost’, because the actual part of the docks the original Chinatown was located in was further…