83 years ago to the day, there was a battle in London’s East End that turned out to be one of the largest riots in the city’s long and storied history which has since been immortalised in a mural on the side of Saint George’s Town Hall, a short walk from Shadwell station. The Battle of Cable Street was the clash between the police and … Continue reading The Battle of Cable Street: A Dispatch from East London
For those who may not know, St. Pauls Cathedral is an incredibly important building to London and Londoners in general. During the Blitz Prime Minister Winston Churchill, realising the importance for morale, declared that “…St Paul’s Cathedral should be protected at all costs”. Through great effort, with little to no water available, low visibility and fires raging throughout the City of London, protected it was. … Continue reading An icon of London: A Dispatch From St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, that I love London so…” as the oft-repeated song goes. Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, born, raised and based in the East End that I love London so, but I don’t think it is, it’s so much more than that. It’s a 2am bagel from Brick Lane, it’s the sense of wonder standing in the British Museum atrium … Continue reading An Introduction: A Dispatch from London
Amsterdam. A city of gable roof houses and nearly a million bicycles. There are over 65 miles of canals and more bridges than Venice. It’s the city of Rembrandt, Johan Cruyff and Anne Frank. Possibly the most cosmopolitan small city you’re ever likely to visit, it has the cultural clout of a city triple the size. The city of Amsterdam is maybe more famous for … Continue reading Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam
Tel Aviv is an anachronism. In a country filled with so much history, the city feels somewhat out of place. In Israel, it’s known as “the bubble”; its self-contained nature leads it to feeling a million miles away from the rest of the country. With less religious tension, a skyline littered with skyscrapers, a laid back attitude towards homosexuality, and Judaism, and a hedonistic nature: … Continue reading A Day in Historic Yafo: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv-Yafo
Whenever I visit somewhere new, I like to seek out the “institutions”. Those historic food and drink venues that are as a much a part of the fabric of a city as a Cathedral or a Museum. Often, they even have their own cultural identity. Whether it’s a historic fin-de-siècle café or a famous 24-hour restaurant, most cities have them. London has the Beigel Bake … Continue reading Johnny’s Falafel: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv