Tag Archives: london

December 26, 2017

A strange life on London’s River Thames

Eel Pie Island, near Twickenham, was carved as the river took a detour and forged a parallel path, slicing it from the mainland. Since the 17th Century, when according to a 1635 map there was a bowling alley on the island, it has been a haven for hedonists, music lovers and philanderers.

This place looks like the kind of environment I’d like to retire in.

April 7, 2017

Hunting for treasure at low tide

Joseph Fox photographed the mudlarkers who comb the shore of London’s River Thames. Originally a term for the city’s poor who scraped a meagre living by scavenging in the river’s mud, it has been adopted by a new breed of treasure hunters, often armed with metal detectors.

These men and women show off their favourite finds, and discuss the joys of mudlarking.

July 7, 2016

Canned designs: Airborne at King’s Cross

Urban planning is full of ‘what ifs’: designs for future cities that never materialised. In the final instalment of our series, Christopher Beanland looks at an unlikely elevated airport in central London.

It’s quite obvious why this plan was rejected, but it’s fascinating to read about nonetheless.

October 27, 2015

Meet the new London Taxi

One specification is a given, however: the TX5 will have a turning circle of less than 28 feet, adhering to a London law from 1906 that ensures taxicabs are able to navigate the tight roundabout at the entrance to the Savoy Hotel in Westminster.

I like the look—modern yet respectful of tradition.

January 29, 2015

Charming cinemas in London

I recognised almost none of these. The The Rooftop Cinema Club and The Screen on the Green are my favourites.

November 14, 2014

The Knowledge, London’s Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS

Actually, “challenge” isn’t quite the word for the trial a London cabby endures to gain his qualification. It has been called the hardest test, of any kind, in the world. Its rigors have been likened to those required to earn a degree in law or medicine. It is without question a unique intellectual, psychological and physical ordeal, demanding unnumbered thousands of hours of immersive study, as would-be cabbies undertake the task of committing to memory the entirety of London, and demonstrating that mastery through a progressively more difficult sequence of oral examinations — a process which, on average, takes four years to complete, and for some, much longer than that.

An exceptional piece by Jody Rosen.