Printing at St Bride’s Foundation

There can be few more delightful ways of spending a Saturday than in the print workshop at the St Bride’s Foundation just off Fleet Street. St Bride’s includes not only the print workshop, but also a museum of design and print; a theatre; a library (as well as a disused swimming pool). A day spent learning the letterpress printingContinue reading “Printing at St Bride’s Foundation”

This recycling bin broadcasts stock market prices but does it use more energy than it saves?

These recycling bins have appeared near to Cheapside. They show share prices and provide news updates on two digital screens. They do not appear to be solar powered. So is the energy saved by encouraging recycling undermined by the energy expended in providing the information service?

Join me this weekend for two Open House walks

This Sunday I am leading two walks for London Open House.  The first is a guided tour of Golden Lane Estate.  The second is a tour of the City of London’s newest landscape architecture schemes.  Both tours are free but need to be booked through Open House. Booking details for Golden Lane.  Booking details forContinue reading “Join me this weekend for two Open House walks”

A view from the bridge – and the balcony of the newly-restored St Pancras Hotel

Behind the scenes at the recently-opened St Pancras Hotel.  These pictures are taken from the internal bridge running through the hotel and from the small balcony above the entrance to the grand staircase and what is now the main restaurant. The internal bridge runs across the two arches at the front of the hotel.  TheContinue reading “A view from the bridge – and the balcony of the newly-restored St Pancras Hotel”

How food built London: follow the drover’s route from the Royal Agricultural Hall to Smithfield

From the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington to Smithfield, walk the drover’s route to market. A new guided walk looks at the way in which food impacted on the design of London.  This walk, the first of three, looks at meat and water and follows the blood-smattered path from Upper Street, down St John’s Street acrossContinue reading “How food built London: follow the drover’s route from the Royal Agricultural Hall to Smithfield”

Getting to the heart of Manchester

The first day of Spring was spent staring at warehouse buildings in Manchester.  Here is ‘Labour and Wait’ a plaque on the side of one of the earliest Co-operative Movement buildings just off Balloon Street in the centre of the city. As a Co-op Bank customer who sends his cheques to number 1 Balloon Street,Continue reading “Getting to the heart of Manchester”

Smithfield crushed

Smithfield House is no more.  On the edge of the market, it was used by squatters for a couple of years and briefly as headquarters for the London Architecture Festival.  It is now the site for one of the entrances to Farringdon Crossrail station. This was taken on the walk led by typographer Phil BainesContinue reading “Smithfield crushed”