London tales and stories

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  • On a refurbished Edwardian office block at 13-15 York Buildings – just down from Strand on the way to Embankment Gardens – is a green City of Westminster plaque that was unveiled by HMQ on Valentine’s day 2019. It commemorates the first home – and the centenary of the founding – of the ‘Government Code […]
  • A Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for supporting this blog. The year past has seen record numbers of visitors and page views, so thank you very much for reading, commenting, sharing and otherwise engaging with these posts. Here’s the end of year review (the 2021 one is here), kicking off with the […]
  • Among the 28,000 names listed in the ‘Roll of Honor’ in the American Memorial Chapel in St Paul’s will be that of William Meade Lindsley Fiske III. And in the crypt of the cathedral, close to the tomb of Nelson, is a larger memorial to the man known as Billy Fiske.  He wasn’t the first […]
  • As an adventure in Google, in maps, in diving down rabbit holes, my plan to post up a photo I took of one of the protective sphinxes that watch over Cleopatra’s Needle on the Embankment, is a lesson in a) how easy it is to research things on the web, b) the limits on researching […]
  • On the south west corner of Parliament Square, directly over the road from Westminster Abbey, is the Supreme Court building. The final court of appeal for the UK, the twelve justices sit in what was once the Middlesex Guildhall. The current building is the third such Guildhall on the site, and was designed by the […]
  • Squatting next to the elegant Queen Anne revival of the Old Admiralty Building (and more on that at some point) on the north side of Horseguards Parade is the proto-brutalist bulk of The Citadel. This is another relic of London’s WW2 history, the secure communications and operations centre for the Royal Navy, built in 1940/41 […]