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London’s Alleys: Bennett’s Yard, SW1
London’s Alleys: Bennett’s Yard, SW1

London’s Alleys: Bennett’s Yard, SW1

This is a short well-used alley to the south of Westminster Abbey that has been home to spies and politicians in its long life.

Apr
11
Westminster council pauses plans to scrap gas streetlights
Westminster council pauses plans to scrap gas streetlights

Westminster council pauses plans to scrap gas streetlights

Works to replace Victorian era gas lamps in central London with electric street lights has been paused by Westminster council following an outcry about the plans.

Jan
31
Westminster bridge’s entire balustrade is up for sale
Westminster bridge’s entire balustrade is up for sale

Westminster bridge’s entire balustrade is up for sale

If you have a need to own a large chunk of Westminster bridge, then for a deep pocket price, it's possible to buy the entire balustrade from the bridge.

Oct
07
2021
Westminster street signs being sold at auction
Westminster street signs being sold at auction

Westminster street signs being sold at auction

There’s a chance to buy a London street sign as a batch of old signs no longer needed are put up for auction.

Sep
17
2021
Oxford Circus pedestrianisation plan delayed
Oxford Circus pedestrianisation plan delayed

Oxford Circus pedestrianisation plan delayed

Plans to create temporary plazas on either side of Oxford Circus in time for Christmas have been delayed by Westminster Council.

Sep
15
2021
London’s Alleys: Newport Place, WC2
London’s Alleys: Newport Place, WC2

London’s Alleys: Newport Place, WC2

A large plaza in the heart of London's Chinatown that has undergone many changes in its long life.

Aug
16
2021
London’s Alleys: Man in Moon Passage, W1
London’s Alleys: Man in Moon Passage, W1

London’s Alleys: Man in Moon Passage, W1

Probably one of the better-named alleys in London, this short pedestrian passage can be found on Regent Street and is named after a stoned man.

Aug
02
2021
Oxford Circus is to be part-pedestrianised
Oxford Circus is to be part-pedestrianised

Oxford Circus is to be part-pedestrianised

Oxford Circus will no longer be a road junction, and the sides facing Oxford Street will be pedestrianised, under plans announced today.

Jun
16
2021
London’s Alleys: Dansey Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Dansey Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Dansey Place, W1

This is a dingy back alley filled with rubbish bins, but also a fishmonger and oh so many extractor chimneys for the many Chinese restaurants that fill this part of London.

Apr
19
2021
London street signs going for sale
London street signs going for sale

London street signs going for sale

There's a chance to buy a London street sign as a batch of old signs no longer needed are put up for auction.

Feb
10
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
London’s Alleys: Wilder Walk, W1
London’s Alleys: Wilder Walk, W1

London’s Alleys: Wilder Walk, W1

This is a new alley next to Piccadilly Circus caused by a recent redevelopment of the Regent Palace Hotel, and it's not a restoration of an old alley, it's entirely new.

Dec
21
2020
A grand Coat of Arms on a car park
A grand Coat of Arms on a car park

A grand Coat of Arms on a car park

Down a side street in the corner of a shabby entrance to a car park can be found a grand coat of arms. What's that doing here?

Jul
09
2020
Unbuilt London: Brutalist Whitehall
Unbuilt London: Brutalist Whitehall

Unbuilt London: Brutalist Whitehall

Whitehall, the heart of government is lined mostly with grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings, but it nearly looked like the Southbank - lots of concrete.

May
06
2020
London Public Art: Queen Anne in Queen Anne’s Gate
London Public Art: Queen Anne in Queen Anne’s Gate

London Public Art: Queen Anne in Queen Anne’s Gate

A posh street in Westminster has a statue of Queen Anne resting against the side wall of one of the posh houses.

Mar
26
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’s Alleys: Long’s Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Long’s Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Long’s Court, WC2

This is one of those alleys that exist today purely to give access to back entrances and store rubbish. Yet it was once lined with houses and offices, and a very famous occupant.

Nov
11
2019
Westminster tube station turned into a jungle
Westminster tube station turned into a jungle

Westminster tube station turned into a jungle

Only for a two days, and it was an advertising takeover stunt, but Westminster tube station temporarily became Westminster Jungle station.

Oct
24
2019
London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2

This is one of those dirty alleys that that overflows with rubbish and mess, but it also has the moon in the midst of its grime and clutter.

Jul
22
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
Restoring St. Margaret Church’s 300 year old clock
Restoring St. Margaret Church’s 300 year old clock

Restoring St. Margaret Church’s 300 year old clock

Next to mighty Westminster Abbey is the rather smaller St. Margaret’s Church, and at the moment, the Tudor era tower is covered in scaffolding.

Apr
25
2019
London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1
London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1

London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1

Named after an inn and a dark period of history, this rather posh passage and charming steps can be found just around the corner from Parliament.

Apr
15
2019
Pink Floyd re-release rare London Underground music video
Pink Floyd re-release rare London Underground music video

Pink Floyd re-release rare London Underground music video

In 1968, Pink Floyd took a trip on the London Underground, to film a video for their second album and they've just released the rarely seen video once more.

Feb
26
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