17th April 2006

Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9HY

The good folk of Greenwich seem traditionally partial to a early spring celebration: back in the day it would have been the park where it all would all have been happening – rolling down the hill being a particular popular pastime. These days the entertainment is usually concentrated around the riverside area (as is their humble…

25th April 2015

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Lambeth, London SE11 5AN

In recent years, the at-one-time notorious verdant playground that consistently attracted thousands of 18th century socialites to the south London suburb of Vauxhall has, thanks to local enthusiasm and the support of the local Business Improvement District, spruced itself up enough to officially reinstate the word ‘Pleasure’ to the park’s name [although, from a LGBTQ…

10th April 2005

Streatham Common, London SW16 3PX

Now today’s image could be seen as a metaphor for life: you’re constantly running yourself into the ground just to keep things afloat, and the moment you stop, it all collapses around you. Without extra energy from elsewhere, you’re unlikely to ever get your dream off the ground. Profound, eh? Oh well… So anyway, here…

22nd March 2008

Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DE

There are certain types of photographers whose raison d’être is to get right to the heart of the action, no matter how dangerous the situation, risking all to get the definitive [prize-winning… I mean ‘awareness-raising’] shot. These intrepid and occasionally foolhardy documentarists often become addicted to the thrill of living one’s life on the edge,…

24th March 2012

Westminster Bridge, London SW1A 2JH

It’s not as if all scooters are mothballed for the winter months in some form of hibernation, which would then all burst into life at the first sign of spring in a manner that, had they been a living species, would have had an Attenborough-style documentary in wonder at this shimmering expanse of polished chrome…

21st March 2009

Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA

  Somewhat remarkably, the first day of spring in 2009 turns out to be actually really rather spring-like, and lo, like the welcome reappearance of the blossom comes the welcome reappearance of the tourists to provide succour to the struggling street performers, buskers and sand artists that pepper the length of the South Bank. Equally…

27th March 2011

Finsbury Park, Seven Sisters Rd, London N4 3EY

Another one of those ‘only in London’ situations, presenting an intriguing potential culture clash of two fiercely independent groups of nationals – many dressed in traditional costume – arriving for separate events taking place in close proximity to one another. Unfortunately, what these two groups have in common: tribal communities with a deep desire for…

4th April 2004

Admiralty Arch, London SW1A 2BB

Most of secular London is generally oblivious to Palm Sunday, seeing as any visible evidence of the pre-Easter celebration takes place comparatively early on a Sunday morning, when most Londoners are doing very important chores, like catching up on sleep. For the practicing Christians amongst us, however, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is a significant event…

6th April 2014

Riverwalk, Brentford TW8 0BE

Well, the premise is a pretty sound one: if you’re going to be out all day on the river making sure irresponsible student types don’t go and put themselves in danger by sinking into the Thames during some irrelevant boat race, you may as well take the theme of the day and tap into its spin…

18th April 2003

Devons Rd, Mile End, London E3 3PJ

There’s not a huge amount of Traditional Cockneyland™ East London that survived the Luftwaffe Bombing of the 2nd World War and the slum clearances that followed, so there’s something slightly incongruous coming across one of London’s more eccentric traditions [well, it was until 2016] in a pub surrounded by post-war and modern developments in a…