Violette Szabo Memorial Mural

Partially occluded by works, and now stranded in the middle of Stockwell roundabout sits the Stockwell War Memorial and Memorial Mural. It caught my eye as I was heading down to Brighton for the day. The monument was erected in 1922 to a design by architect Frank Twydals Dear. The mural was painted in from 1999-2001 on the top part of a deep level 'pillbox' shelter built during the Second World War (WWII 1939-1945). A mural of many stories Part I The work began in 1999 by Brian Barnes and Myra Harris. They created the first part of the design based on ideas from the children of Stockwell Park School. The images depict figures from local history. It includes Roger Moore as James Bond (Moore

The Wonders of Denmark Street

Since reading about Cormoran Strike's Denmark Street office in the detective series from Queen Rowling (sorry...Robert Galbraith), I wanted to know more. What's this Soho street got to do with Denmark? Apparently it was named after Prince George of Denmark in the 17th century. He married Queen Anne of Great Britain - she ruled from 1702 to 1708. Tragically Anne was pregnant 17 times, but only one of her children survived birth. Their son, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, had poor health, which was a huge worry to the couple. William died, aged 11, leaving Anne and George heartbroken. And Heirless. So England had yet another succession crisis.The governement were set on securing a protesta

Secret Running Tours in London

Our running tours business has been storming London since September now. And we've already covered 1000 miles (check out our Smile for a Thousand Miles celebration). It struck me that I haven't introduced our secret running tours of London properly in our blog. Why are they secret? It's because these running tours go further than showing you the main attractions of London. We explore London's hidden depths - so even if you've lived in London for years, you'll still leave one of our secret tours with loads of new, cool stuff you didn't know before. First up: In the Shadow of the Shard The Shard. It lights up London's skyline as a symbol of extravagance. And it is rather beautiful. But the hi

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