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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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…
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…