29th April 2008

Peter's Hill, London EC4V 4AG

Ah… the vicissitudes of the Spring climate: here we are just on the north side of Millennium Bridge, which is apparently one of the markers of the boundary for the parish of St Andrew by the Wardrobe, and, as is custom, the parishioners are taking their annual promenade around their boundary to ‘mark’ it with…

6th April 2012

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5NJ

In case you’re wondering, public executions in the UK have been banned since 1868 – the unlucky Fenian Michael Barret providing the last public spectacle in 1867 for the botched prison escape bombing in Clerkenwell – and, as far as I can tell there isn’t the remotest chance of it returning, despite the prevalent enthusiasm for dragging the country back…

23rd April 2009

Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, London E1 6AA

A major part of the redevelopment of the new Old Spitalfields Market has been the installation of a central pavilion of up-market-ish eating franchises which effectively splits the area into two semi-autonomous spaces, with the added bonus of a mezzanine level, so that diners [well, some of them, anyway] can look down on the various…

27th April 2014

Golden Jubilee Bridge, London SE1 8XX

It says a lot about us Londoners that, wherever you may come from, if you’re prepared to make a go of things in this big city, then we’ll soon welcome you as part of the community. Yes, as with most migrant groups, the ‘invasion’ of Cybermen was initially greeted with some hostility by the locals. However,…

18th April 2004

General Wolfe Rd, London SE10 8QX

You would think, that of all the most endangered species there are on this planet that you’d want to raise awareness of in a 26+ mile run, the rhinoceros probably wouldn’t be top of the list to have to wear a costume of. Then again I don’t suppose many spectators would recognise a runner in…

8th March 2011

Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, London EC2V 5AE

I’m sure had it been invented more recently, the marketing team appointed to promote Pancake Day would have suggested a subtle but gradual diminishment of the ‘Shrove Tuesday’ element of the event – after all the dates for observing Lent are all over the place anyway [I know, it’s all Easter’s fault…]: in 2008 ‘Dry…

12th March 2000

Barbican Lake Terrace, London EC2Y 8DU

In the early few months of the century, the South Bank and Bankside area hadn’t quite morphed into the cultural magnet it is today: the riverside walk was pleasant enough, but Tate Modern wasn’t yet ready to open, Millennium Bridge’s grand wobble was still a few months away and the new Shakespeare’s Globe theatre didn’t…

5th May 2013

Rembrandt Gardens, London W2 1XB

As may have been mentioned before, there’s an awful lot more to do at the Annual Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice besides admiring the hundreds of elaborately decorated and bunting strewn canal boats butted up tightly against each other along the full extent of the towpath (and beyond). Obviously there’s lots of traditional waterways memorabilia and…

3rd March 2007

Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, London E1 6AA

You’d have thought that, by the late noughties, the internet and social media would have evolved enough for there to be sufficient material out there to help illustrate most promotional events of the day. Well, evidently not: this weekend of activities at the much transformed Old Spitalfields Market – the centerpiece of a week-long celebration of…

17th April 2010

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5NJ

Yes, this is another event in Trafalgar Square, and, no, this isn’t a new sporting challenge that entails jumping from the roof of the National Gallery [now, there’s an idea…] – this athlete is in fact taking part in a pole vault competition as part of festival organised by the Dutch Tourist Board to celebrate the Queen’s birthday…