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
An area in constant flux, Bethnal Green has an exciting new addition to its late-night line-up. Throughout the summer on selected weekends, there has been a pop-up night market in The Oval off Hackney Road, in the shadow of the old gasworks. There are craft stalls selling everything from jewellery to statement socks, a retro craft beer trailer, cocktails from the Mixology Brothers offering a … Continue reading The Oval Night Market: A Dispatch from Bethnal Green
Originally a poverty stricken slum area, Bethnal Green is shaking off its dour high-rise image and becoming a destination in its own right. For over a century it’s been a melting pot of original East Enders, Jewish, Italian, and Bangladeshi families but its proximity to the City of London has seen working professionals moving in, and with it, rapid gentrification. Think £3 coffees, grown men … Continue reading Welcome to Bethnal Green: A Dispatch from The East End
Great Britain may have been isolated from the Continent during the Second World War, therefore not subject to invasion and occupation but it suffered its fair share of destruction. From September 1940-May 1941, London & Britain were subject to “the Blitz”, an aerial bombardment campaign by the Luftwaffe designed to make Britain surrender or at the very least, sue for peace, by weakening public morale. … Continue reading The worst civilian disaster of World War 2: A Dispatch From Bethnal Green
When I first started this blog I wanted to run a couple of features. The first being the best places in London to enjoy a coffee and read a book. To go in search of the lost London literary coffee houses if you like. England may be known as a nation of tea drinkers but originally back in the 17th-century, coffeehouses proliferated. It was a … Continue reading London’s Literary Coffee Houses- Part 1: A Dispatch From Hackney Coffee Company