Culture

Vic Keegan’s Lost London. 4: The remains of the White Friars’ home

The photo shows all that remains of a priory run by Carmelite friars, who became known as the White Friars for on occasion wearing white mantles over their brown habits. It can trace its origins back […]

Reportage

London 2012 Olympic Park: landscape of dispersal and renewal

We’ve just passed the fifth anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics, with all its sweat, glory and pride. The event sold Britain in the most positive image of its capital: a thriving, enterprising, multi-ethnic, multicultural […]

News

2017 could be ‘bumper year’ for London housebuilding, says new report

London has “a shot” at increasing the number of homes it delivers each year to 50,000 in the near future if developers’ ambitions to build are fulfilled, according to new analysis published by the business organisation London First. […]

Books

Peter Ackroyd’s London: rich and rabble, East and West

I’ve embarked on re-reading Peter Ackroyd’s epic London: The Biography, nearly 800 pages packed with knowledge, insights and story-telling skills that weave a cornucopia of fact and legend into a luxuriant narrative in which the […]

Reportage

Grenfell Truths: survivors meet the luxury of Kensington Row

In the north of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) stands what’s left of Grenfell Tower, looming, gloating, cruel. Meanwhile, to the south, at the Olympia end of Kensington High Street, 68 new flats await […]

News

Lewisham mayor hopeful defends New Bermondsey scheme and criticises Guardian coverage

A contender to become the next Mayor of Lewisham has defended the council’s attempt to use compulsory purchase powers (CPO) to push through a controversial major redevelopment project in South Bermondsey and launched a stinging attack on […]

Culture

Vic Keegan’s Lost London. 3: where Cleopatra’s Needle might have stood

There are three things you need to know about Cleopatra’s Needle. First, it has nothing to do with Cleopatra. Second, it’s not a needle. Third, it was never intended to be on the Embankment, where […]

Culture

Greens fear that London launderette numbers will tumble

When I wrote about London’s declining number of launderettes last January, the National Association of the Launderette Industry thought the capital was down to roughly its last 450. That number seemed in danger of falling more […]