kingxpostII - 1LondonBlog - The first five years

This month is the 5th anniversary of the beginnings of 1LondonBlog! The blog originally began as part of several tasks required on the course I was doing at the City of Westminster College. That essay was to set up a (student) blog… I never planned to keep it going, inRead More →

horsecartII 690x500 - Michelin House Decorative Tile Pictures

This is the follow up to the feature on Michelin House at 81 Fulham Road, South Kensington, showing each of the fascinating art deco tiled pictures in and around the building. These feature mainly Grand Prix and city to city races in France during the late 19th and early 20thRead More →

IMG 4029 - Divers at Floating Pocket Park

General view of the Floating Park Saturday 29 April 2017 Sign warning of divers at work! Divers were at the Floating Pocket Park this weekend, on what is clearly a difficult job. Getting the modular pontoon floats in position ready to be pulled underwater. Their task is to place moreRead More →

DSC 0978 - Floating Pocket Park progress

Several days ago I wrote of the Floating Park in Paddington – that there seemed to be some issues with the pontoons & weight mass which was causing everything to go uneven. I revisited the basin this evening and it seems some of the problems have been sorted although barelyRead More →

DSC 0326 - A floating mess at Paddington?

General view of the uncompleted floating gardens looking towards Edgware Road. In September last year plans were announced for London’s first Floating Gardens to be based on the canal in Paddington right by where the basin meets Edgware Road. Have you heard about the plans for a floating garden onRead More →

IMG 2970 - Ear Lane

Ear Lane SE1? London certainly has some interesting street names! Drive (or cycle or jog) no faster than 20mph and you might get a sympathetic ear! Although this one doesn’t seem to feature on any maps its found very near the Tate Modern. Does it refer to an ear ofRead More →

DSC 4866 - Michelin House

The classic view of Michelin House in South Kensington. This week the Bibendum restaurant at Michelin House has re-opened so the timing of this post is quite apt. Although I have seen Michelin House featured on blogs and in the media its not often mentioned these days (with the exceptionRead More →

IMG 6596 - Bayswater's 1861 Tram

George Francis Train was an American who introduced tramways (streetcars) in the States. In 1860 he came over to England to introduce his tramways which had been running in the USA for three decades. Train opened his first line at Birkenhead in 1860, followed by three short lines in LondonRead More →

IMG 1174sml - Centre Point - Day & night

Two views of Centre Point (shrouded in sheeting of course) from a similar viewpoint in Charing Cross Road during 2016. I used different lenses for each composition. The daytime shot was taken with my rare 28-105mm hybrid Canon lens. My 40mm f2.8 lens was used for the night shot. TheRead More →

maldn - The Marble Arch Wheel

The Marble Arch Observation Wheel was one of the city’s most unexpected surprises of 2015. Yet barely anything of the wheel was mentioned by the media. Not one report on its construction or its opening it seems. The only time the wheel made the news was when it broke down.Read More →