JUST BELOW THE SURFACE

Clerkenwell get its name from a spring (one of many in the area on either side of what was the valley of the lost river Fleet). The spring formed a well which was regarded as sacred – or at [...]

A THAMES MENAGERIE

On returning from Los Angeles, I took a walk down the Thames – to re-aquaint myself as it were with home.  Passing the Houses of Parliament where there has recently been so much [...]

HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE

Just south of Clerkenwell are two places with gruesome pasts.  Smithfields, still a meat market, was once the abattoir of London and also the site for the slaughter of various human animals [...]