Category Archives: London

Face to face

At the Royal Academy for America After the Fall. It was much more crowded inside the gallery. The Russian revolutionaries downstairs have way more space. Advertisements

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Nightlife, Soho

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Revelry ahead

Getting ready for the Notting Hill Carnival. Outside a pub in Ladbroke Grove this afternoon. PS: Cycling around this afternoon, I was struck by how many businesses were being boarded up. (Is it really as many as nine out of … Continue reading

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On Parliament Hill

A beautiful afternoon. I think it’s only the second time I’ve ever been there. My loss.

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Sanctuary, N6

It must be thirty years since I last set foot in Highgate Cemetery. I’d completely forgotten how atmospheric and tranquil a spot it is. The volunteers who maintain the grounds (the private company  that originally administered them bailed out in … Continue reading

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Architectural follies (pt 286)

The Paddington Pole may be history, but there’s another monstrosity on the way. Simon Jenkins uncovers a new threat to the London skyline. Eager to dress it up as “art”, [Renzo] Piano is quoted in the Architects’ Journal mouthing the usual architect’s … Continue reading

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The Shard, reflected

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Zac Goldsmith, Bollywood fan

As we say goodbye and good riddance to his wretched mayoral campaign, a chance to savour his vintage red carpet moment.

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Philosophizing, West End

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The new capital

I spent most of last weekend walking and cycling around central London. A chance to get reacquainted. Strolling along the Embankment was a joy, but only as long as I didn’t let my eyes linger on the anonymous towers that … Continue reading

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