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Events, Lifestyle, St James's

“Other People” at St James Theatre

“Other People” at St James Theatre

Lunchtime theatre returns to the St James Theatre this month, with Lightbox Theatre’s 50-minute show, Other People. Since it opened in 2012, the St James Theatre has developed quite an […]

December 5, 2016 × Comments are Disabled

Events, Lifestyle, St James's

Waiting For Waiting For Godot, St James Theatre

Waiting For Waiting For Godot, St James Theatre – Review

Whilst I’ve never doubted the significance of Samuel Beckett as a playwright, I always found his work mentally bruising with its often bleak outlook on life. I was buoyed, however, as I […]

December 5, 2016 × Comments are Disabled

Food & Drink, Lifestyle, Westminster

The Red Lion, Westminster (source: http://www.redlionwestminster.co.uk)

The Red Lion in Westminster

Today’s Red Lion pub stands on the site of a medieval tavern – known in 1434 as the Hopping Hall. The tavern passed through various hands and traded under many names in […]

December 2, 2016 × Comments are Disabled

Belgravia, History

Ebury Street - Belgravia (Source: Zoopla.co.uk)

Ebury Street and Belgravia

Belgravia is part of the London Borough of Westminster and the SW1 area. Originally, the 400 acres of land was inherited by the Grosvenor family and was named Belgravia after Belgrave, home […]

December 30, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

History, Pimlico

North-west view of ‘Jenny Whim's’ Bridge over the Canal in Pimlico by an unknown artist, 1815.  The Thames can be seen in the distance. (Courtesy of the British Museum)

London’s expansion and trade

In 1800, London, Europe’s biggest city, had just under one million inhabitants and measured five miles across from Hyde Park Corner to Wapping and two miles from Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell to St […]

December 28, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

History, Pimlico, Victoria

Bomb Damage to Sutherland Terrace (Copyright: Westminster City Archives)

Sutherland Street and the Blitz

16 and 17 April 1941 saw some of the worst bombing raids to affect Westminster during the Blitz. Sutherland Terrace, in Pimlico, was hit by two parachute mines and three highly explosive […]

December 27, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

History, Pimlico

Stretcher Part at Dolphin Square (Copyright: Westminster City Archives)

Dolphin Square during the Blitz

During the night of 22nd September 1940, Pimlico was severely bombed and many local residents sought shelter in the basement of Hawkins House, one of 13 residential blocks in the Dolphin Square estate (built […]

December 27, 2015 × Comments are Disabled

Belgravia, History

Chelsea Bun Shop 1810

Old Chelsea Bun Shop

The Chelsea bun has been the treat of choice over centuries: sticky sweet buns, filled with raisins and currants and topped with a sugary glaze, were sold by the tens of thousands […]

December 22, 2015 × Comments are Disabled