For the last couple of months I’ve been flat out researching, writing and publishing several new audio tours. Combine that with everyday life and something has to give. For a short while at least it was the blog that suffered, but now I think I’m back on the horse. One good thing is that all… Continue reading Takin’ a tumble
Hi, I'm Steve, a London tour guide and owner of A London Miscellany Tours, a guided walking tour company who specialise in small number tours of the greatest city in the world!
Who had the Lamb Bhuna?
Fancy a curry? Today you’ll be spoilt for choice, takeaways and restaurants have proliferate on our high streets for many years, but how far back would you have to go before finding it almost impossible to get your favourite dish? The answer is probably a lot earlier than you might be thinking. The Hindoostane Coffee… Continue reading Who had the Lamb Bhuna?
Sticking a bottle up a lion’s arse!
Possibly one of the weirdest titles for a blog post I’ve made up in a long time, but believe it or not there’s a lot of truth in it. Having just posted on the subject of time capsules in Time Encapsulation I was browsing through some other information and I came upon this rather bizarre… Continue reading Sticking a bottle up a lion’s arse!
Perhaps it was the burial of the Blue Peter time capsule in 1971 that first fascinated me about this rather quirky way of linking the past with the present. The popular children’s TV program presenters buried various viewers items along with a Blue Peter Annual in the grounds of Broadcasting House. The subsequent loss of… Continue reading Time Encapsulation
The Caravan Club
If you’ve just sat back in your sun lounger in your open toed sandals, long grey socks, tailored shorts and white vest to read your copy of the Daily Mail then I apologies as I’ve obviously mixed up my Caravan Club’s. No, I’m sure that members of that august club are unlikely to have much… Continue reading The Caravan Club
It’s 1392 and you are a young Galaunt. These were young men, usually of between sixteen and twenty five years old. They were portrayed as fashion conscious to the point of peacockery, wearing embroidered caps, short gowns and long toed shoes. These fashionable young men, the forerunners of the later “Dandy” got a bad press… Continue reading Winchester Geese
A penny in the cap
In my last post I took a look at a group of people that populated London’s streets in the mid 1800s called Patterers. This was the heyday of the street merchant or costermonger. Alongside these were the street entertainer. I have to come clean, I loath street entertainers of the type you see today in… Continue reading A penny in the cap
The Patterers; a breed apart
I’d heard about Patterers, I knew a bit about them, that is in terms of the job that they did, like a lot of their peers it seemed to be a job and a description only found on the streets of the capital, but I recently read an account of an interview with one such… Continue reading The Patterers; a breed apart
A rose between the beer vats
“Khalil took the sound as a request, and soon his mouth was on hers, hot and vibrant, firm and needing. Strong, despite that terrible wound he carried.“ A bit racy for first thing on a Monday morning you might be thinking, especially as I haven’t had my cornflakes yet! Well, I’ll tell you, I had… Continue reading A rose between the beer vats
One Word Sunday