Browsing Archive: June, 2021

The Bloomsbury Set

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Monday, June 14, 2021, In : Literary London 

Where is Bloomsbury?

Bloomsbury covers an area based within a quadrangle of streets; Tottenham Court Road is the western boundary and Southampton Row is the Eastern. It reached down to New Oxford Street. I's northern boundary is less obvious, it could be Euston Road but that is often considered part of St Pancras. 

Bloomsbury contains one of the highest proportions of listed buildings and monuments per square metre of any conservation area, including many of the UK's most iconic buildings, such...

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The Thames Barrier

Posted by Hazel Baker, London Tour Guide on Friday, June 11, 2021, In : Things to Do in London 

Greenwich Peninsula is the fastest growing area in London and is home to the O2, Emirates AIrline and the Thames Barrier. 

Back in the C16th the peninsula was drained by Dutch engineers before being used as pasture land. 

For over 100 years the peninsula was dominated by the gasworks which primarily produced town gas which is also known as coal gas. 


The Thames Barrier spans 520 metres across the river. It was built to protect central London from flooding caused by tidal surges. 

The 10 steel ga...

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The Tragic History of Clapham's School for Africans

Posted by Dr Stephen King, Westminster Tour Guide on Friday, June 11, 2021, In : Georgian 

A small churchyard in a quiet corner of Clapham has a largely forgotten and sad part in

Britain’s black colonial history. Zachary Macaulay was one of the leading members of the

Clapham Sect, a network of individuals working for the abolition of slavery in the British

dominions. He is remembered by a memorial in Westminster Abbey, a plaque on the site of

his former house just by Clapham Common Tube and a road next to the Common.

Macaulay had worked in the Caribbean and seen slavery first hand and...

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Great Fire

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Thursday, June 10, 2021, In : Great Fire of London 

The Great Fire of 1666 was devastating, destroying around four-fifths of the City of London. The main reason it was so destructive was the wind which was blowing from the south-east, and which was particularly fierce. The Dutch and English fleets vying for a fight in the Channel the night before the fire broke out had been unable to join the battle because the winds were so strong. 

The direction of the wind was important as it helped usher the flames away from the river which might in other c...

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The Ten Bells

Posted by Jenny Phillips, Jack the Ripper Tour Guide on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, In : Jack the Ripper 

Not far from where Mary Kelly, the last victim of Jack the Ripper, was brutally slaughtered in her room in Millers Court, off Dorset Street lies her favourite pub, the Ten Bells. Mary was known to solicit on the corner outside and woe betide anyone else who decided to take her spot, as she would drive them off very quickly. Jack may well have drunk here also before his killing sprees!

The pub originally stood at 12 Red Lion Street, but this was pulled down as part of the cutting of Commercial ...

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The History Deep Below Clapham Common

Posted by Dr Stephen King, Westminster Tour Guide on Friday, June 4, 2021, In : Local History 

Beneath south London there are a series of tunnels. They lie directly under the Northern

Line and those that used them would complain about the early morning rumble of the trains

overhead waking them up. The deep level shelters were originally conceived as much-

needed air-raid shelters and there are sections at Clapham South, North and Clapham

Common station as well as elsewhere on the line.

These were huge tunnels, where bunk beds could house 8,000 people under each station.

They had their own ca...

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Graves of the Victims of Jack the Ripper

Posted by Jenny Phillips, Jack the Ripper Tour Guide on Thursday, June 3, 2021, In : Jack the Ripper 

Walking round on a Jack the Ripper walk, I am sure that most people would be wondering where all the victims of Jack the Ripper were buried. Even though most of these women were buried in common graves as their families either could not be traced or did not have the money to buy them a plot in a cemetery, it is still possible to find and visit their resting places.

Here is a list of all the graves that have been discovered up until now.

Martha Tabram - unknown but most likely common grave in th...

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