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London’s Alleys: Savoy Buildings, WC2
London’s Alleys: Savoy Buildings, WC2

London’s Alleys: Savoy Buildings, WC2

This is an alley that's owned by The Queen and comes with its own unique London Underground tube roundel.

May
09
A visit to St Mary le Strand church
A visit to St Mary le Strand church

A visit to St Mary le Strand church

Sitting in the middle of the road outside Somerset House on Strand is a grand church with a tall steeple it shouldn't have.

Dec
29
2021
The world’s most expensive postage stamp goes on display in London
The world’s most expensive postage stamp goes on display in London

The world’s most expensive postage stamp goes on display in London

For a few weeks, an entire exhibition has been given over to a tiny piece of red paper -- the world's most expensive postage stamp.

Nov
17
2021
See a violin made from 12,000 postage stamps
See a violin made from 12,000 postage stamps

See a violin made from 12,000 postage stamps

It's not that well known, but inside Stanley Gibbons' famous stamp shop on Strand, there's a public exhibition space and there's a remarkable violin on display.

Sep
30
2021
London’s Alleys: Heathcock Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Heathcock Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Heathcock Court, WC2

This is a short narrow passage on Strand that used to be somewhere else.

Sep
06
2021
Strand to be part-pedestrianised from late August
Strand to be part-pedestrianised from late August

Strand to be part-pedestrianised from late August

Anyone who has visited the area over the past few months can't have missed the huge amount of street works going on, as part of plans to revamp the road layout around Aldwych and Strand.

Jul
23
2021
London’s Alleys: The Outer Temple, WC2
London’s Alleys: The Outer Temple, WC2

London’s Alleys: The Outer Temple, WC2

Opposite the Royal Courts of Justice is what looks like a normal set of office doors that lead one of London's best-hidden alleys.

Apr
26
2021
The campaign to save the India Club from eviction
The campaign to save the India Club from eviction

The campaign to save the India Club from eviction

Saved from developers, the venerable India Club in central London is now facing eviction after the landlord has decided to hike the rent in order to get rid of the troublesome tenant.

Jan
25
2021
London Public Art: Three large stone heads on Milford Lane
London Public Art: Three large stone heads on Milford Lane

London Public Art: Three large stone heads on Milford Lane

Three large stone heads can be found looking around corners of a new housing development by Aldwych.

Jan
20
2021
Parts of Strand and Aldwych to be pedestrianised
Parts of Strand and Aldwych to be pedestrianised

Parts of Strand and Aldwych to be pedestrianised

Plans to pedestrianise the roads around the Strand/Aldwych gyratory are being brought forward.

Dec
28
2020
Tickets Alert: A multi-sensory exploration of light and sound.
Tickets Alert: A multi-sensory exploration of light and sound.

Tickets Alert: A multi-sensory exploration of light and sound.

A subterranean exploration of sound and light opens in January - an exhibition by Ryoji Ikeda that fills labyrinth-like spaces in a large office block on Strand.

Nov
03
2020
The chess frontage of Simpsons in the Strand
The chess frontage of Simpsons in the Strand

The chess frontage of Simpsons in the Strand

Have you ever wandered down Strand and noticed two large hanging chess pieces outside a famous restaurant?

Oct
21
2020
London’s Alleys: Exchange Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Exchange Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Exchange Court, WC2

This is of the many little alleys that lead off from Strand as a legacy of the times the area was first developed.

Sep
30
2019
Hotel plans for Strand office block by Charing Cross station
Hotel plans for Strand office block by Charing Cross station

Hotel plans for Strand office block by Charing Cross station

A fairly unremarkable 1980s office block that most people don't even notice save the branch of Boots on the ground floor could be demolished and replaced with a hotel.

Jun
18
2019
London’s Alleys: George Court WC2
London’s Alleys: George Court WC2

London’s Alleys: George Court WC2

A short alley near Charing Cross that is today probably more famous for its sole commercial occupant, the Retro Pub.

May
20
2019
London’s Alleys: Tweezers Alley, WC2
London’s Alleys: Tweezers Alley, WC2

London’s Alleys: Tweezers Alley, WC2

This is both a brand new road and an ancient alley that can be traced back at least 800 years, and a ceremony that has taken place every year since then.

Mar
04
2019
Westminster Council plans to pedestrianise part of Strand
Westminster Council plans to pedestrianise part of Strand

Westminster Council plans to pedestrianise part of Strand

Having only just cancelled plans to pedestrianize Oxford Street, Westminster Council has now announced plans to pedestrianize part of Strand instead.

Jan
30
2019
London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2
London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2

London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2

Welcome to York Place, for that's its modern name, yet it used to be curiously called Of Alley, and why it was so called is just as curious as the name itself.

Aug
06
2018
London’s Alleys: Devereux Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Devereux Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Devereux Court, WC2

This is a passageway that wavers from wide open court to narrow rubbish filled alley, and is named after a traitor.

Jul
23
2018
London’s Alleys: Bull Inn Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Bull Inn Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Bull Inn Court, WC2

This is the story of an alley called Bull Inn Court which is today most famous for containing a pub, which is not called the Bull Inn.

May
28
2018
Of College Chapels and Steam Trains
Of College Chapels and Steam Trains

Of College Chapels and Steam Trains

Deep within the heart of King's College on the Strand can be found a most marvelous chapel and a dinky steam train.

Sep
18
2017
London Alleys – Essex Street Steps
London Alleys – Essex Street Steps

London Alleys – Essex Street Steps

This is probably the grandest entrance that has ever been constructed to what is just a short set of steps between two roads.

Jul
10
2017
London’s Alleys – Lumley Court
London’s Alleys – Lumley Court

London’s Alleys – Lumley Court

If you walk along the north side of The Strand you cannot help but notice a number of small alleys, some rather delightful, but this is Lumley Court, where you are exhorted to speak with hushed tones.

May
29
2017
Regular tours starting of the “Roman baths” at The Strand
Regular tours starting of the “Roman baths” at The Strand

Regular tours starting of the “Roman baths” at The Strand

Somerset House has long been running short tours of the building which can take you down underneath the main forecourt into the deadhouse -- but now they have added a new tour which offers a bit more.

Nov
23
2014