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A history of Little Ben – the Victoria clock tower
A history of Little Ben – the Victoria clock tower

A history of Little Ben – the Victoria clock tower

Just outside Victoria Station is a tall black clock tower, often nicknamed Little Ben, and while often described as a small-scale replica of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) down the road, there are so many differences that it can be best be described as inspired by the design.

Jun
24
2021
The Suffragette Memorial, SW1
The Suffragette Memorial, SW1

The Suffragette Memorial, SW1

A large bronze scroll can be found next to a small park in Victoria that commemorates those who fought for women's suffrage in the UK.

Feb
18
2021
Temporary art in Victoria – Small, Medium and Large Houses
Temporary art in Victoria – Small, Medium and Large Houses

Temporary art in Victoria – Small, Medium and Large Houses

In Lower Grosvenor Gardens just around the corner from Victoria station can be found three brightly coloured "sheds", and they are art.

Dec
30
2020
London’s Alleys: Seaforth Place, SW1
London’s Alleys: Seaforth Place, SW1

London’s Alleys: Seaforth Place, SW1

This is a narrow passage now surrounded by offices and hotels that follows an ancient path through fields when all around here was more grass than glass.

Sep
07
2020
Admire Rochester Row’s 1960s concrete frieze
Admire Rochester Row’s 1960s concrete frieze

Admire Rochester Row’s 1960s concrete frieze

If you wander down a road off Victoria, you might spot a rather fine concrete frieze running along a 1960s building.

Jan
30
2020
A memorial to the legend of Vincent Square
A memorial to the legend of Vincent Square

A memorial to the legend of Vincent Square

Two hundred years ago a huge plot of land was secured as an open park, by means of simply ploughing a deep ditch all around it.

Dec
18
2019
London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus
London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus

London Public Art: The Pimlico Priapus

In genteel Pimlico can be found a statue of the Greek god, Priapus, protector of gardens, fruit plants, livestock... and male genitals.

Dec
04
2019
The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria
The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria

The lost history of a mosaic in Victoria

A small side street near Victoria contains a mosaic that people will tell you is an old advert for the Victor Talking Machine Company. They are wrong.

Mar
05
2019
London Public Art: The flowering of the English baroque
London Public Art: The flowering of the English baroque

London Public Art: The flowering of the English baroque

This rather modern looking sculpture is actually a memorial, or celebration if you prefer, unveiled on the 300th anniversary of the death of the composer, Henry Purcell.

Apr
19
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: Ebury Square Gardens, SW1
London’s Pocket Parks: Ebury Square Gardens, SW1

London’s Pocket Parks: Ebury Square Gardens, SW1

Ebury Square takes its name from Ebury Farm, which used to be where Victoria Coach Station is today.

Mar
28
2018
Major Victoria tube station upgrade opens to the public
Major Victoria tube station upgrade opens to the public

Major Victoria tube station upgrade opens to the public

Earlier today, a major upgrade to Victoria tube station was completed, when an entire new entrance and set of escalators was opened to the public.

Jan
16
2017
An underground museum of military history
An underground museum of military history

An underground museum of military history

There's a basement behind a gated entrance in plain sight but hidden from view in central London which conceals a surprisingly large museum.

Oct
09
2016
Where is the first railway bridge out of London?
Where is the first railway bridge out of London?

Where is the first railway bridge out of London?

A number of railway lines feed into, or out of London, depending on your perspective, and many of them pass over roads, or above viaducts -- so which is the first railway bridge heading out of London?

Feb
23
2014
Photos from the deep excavations under Victoria Street
Photos from the deep excavations under Victoria Street

Photos from the deep excavations under Victoria Street

If you were to descend deep down underneath Victoria Street in central London -- some five floors down -- you might be met by a metal leviathan clawing away in the darkness.

Feb
18
2014
A look around an empty office block in Victoria
A look around an empty office block in Victoria

A look around an empty office block in Victoria

Even by the standards of the era it was built in, Selborne House -- that sat opposite the Army and Navy store on Victoria Street -- was a masterpiece of bland office design -- a brown monolithic slab of drab.

May
12
2013
A look inside one of London’s longest office buildings
A look inside one of London’s longest office buildings

A look inside one of London’s longest office buildings

One of London’s longest office blocks has recently been undergoing a bit of a clean up and last week, I was able to have a look around the spartan interior before the new tenants move in. The building is the

Oct
23
2012
Museums by Appointment – The London Scottish Regimental Museum
Museums by Appointment – The London Scottish Regimental Museum

Museums by Appointment – The London Scottish Regimental Museum

Part of an occasional series where I visit museums that are open to the public, but only if you have contacted them first and arranged a time to visit. Museums by Appointment. — Opposite the glass and steel head office

Feb
23
2012