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”

Strange days in Smithfield

A great view of the grand arcade in Smithfield Market.  What will happen to it?  The controversy arising from plans to replace the General Market with a new office block focused attention on the destruction of a part of the market which was no longer in use.  The General Market is now subject to aContinue reading “Strange days in Smithfield”

More retro stuff

Brought to you by the same people who gave us the red rusty chairs, this clock in the newly-unmodernised Benugo in Clerkenwell is a fascinating find.  It is almost certainly from a radio or recording studio.  It is manufactured by IBM and is very beautiful but what is it doing here? The restaurant, like theContinue reading “More retro stuff”

School days at the Barbican Centre

Work on the overhaul of the Barbican Centre was completed nearly two years ago.  The changes to the building were significant – a new bridge was installed to connect Silk Street and Riverside entrances; bold graphics were used to sign each of the floors and main venues; and the pointillist walls and carpets were replacedContinue reading “School days at the Barbican Centre”