Mostly W1


Generally when I delve into my archives that is because either the weather is foul, or I am feeling so. Whilst rather better than yesterday, it is for the latter reason that I scanned another dozen colour slides from the Streets of London Series of July 2004.

Berners Street W1

Berners Street W1 sports a fruit and vegetable stall useful to visitors, residents, and local workers alike. It is overlooked by the Post Office Tower in the left of the picture.

Great Titchfield Street W1

On the corner of Great Titchfield Street W1, football fans are the stallholders’ targets.

I have been unable to find any information about this chapel, on the steps of which, adjacent to Chapel Place W1, young people enjoy their lunch in the sunshine. (I am grateful to Paul Clarke who has done the research and provides a link to the story in his comment below)

The fire engine seen in the first of these photographs of Chiltern Street W1 suggests that the ornate building occupying the right hand side of the frame was then still a working fire station, but, like The Fire Station at Waterloo, is now a luxury hotel and restaurant named The Chiltern Firehouse.

Montagu Mews North W1

If you ask me, the cyclist emerging from Montagu Mews North W1, is taking her life in her hands. But she is no doubt experienced at dodging London traffic.

Saint Michael's Street W2

Mind you, I do hope she steers clear of Saint Michael’s Street W1. Whether you look up or down, you couldn’t get much more into the shot.

Brendon Street W1

Maybe she would fare better in Brendon Street, and at the same time get a view of a sun-tanned, shirtless, builder up a ladder.

Longford Street NW1

Leaving Westminster and entering Camden, we see, in Longford Street NW1, some of that London Borough’s recycling bins. Recycling is a contentious issue here in UK, for every Local Authority has its own regulations as to what is and isn’t acceptable, and much of what is collected rots in warehouses anyway. It is admirable that efforts should be made in this direction but the systems are apparently far from perfect.

Great Titchfield Street W1

Longford Street leads us to Drummond Street NW1. The Mystic Maze appears to be where one can find Exodus Travels who will arrange your tours for you.

Church Street, NW8

Alfie’s Antique Market, its proprietor clearly a fan of Gustav Klimt, is one of many such outlets that line Church Street NW8. ‘It houses over seventy-five dealers offering antiques; including silver, furniture, jewellery, paintings, ceramics, glass and vintage clothing.’ Wikipedia

Today’s evening meal, the first of the day for most of us, was an interesting affair. Becky, now being the only fit family member, knocked up various concoctions from available sources, according to what people thought they could manage. It is perhaps a measure of my improvement that I chose breaded mushrooms, vegetable samosa, and savoury rice; and drank half a glass of Costières de Nîmes.



  1. Gosh, Yay for Becky – the last woman left standing! I was thinking that woman on the bike might fall off at the sight of the shirtless man up the ladder – she probably would have fared quite well in the previous shot. Which is a fabulous capture of overcrowdedness in an oddly eclectic manner…………

  2. What a gorgeous day it was to hit the streets. Speaking of hitting, if I were that cyclist, I’d be afraid I’d fall and hit my head. Do cyclists not wear helmets? She’s quite trusting of the motorists. Take care of yourself, Derrick!

  3. Goodness, Derrick! I’m sorry you’re all ill! I hope Becky stays well and that you’re well soon. I’m so glad you said what the Post Office Tower was, as I had locked my eyes on it immediately. Whew. Sounds like a good dinner. My fridge has collapsed, so I’m not quite sure, after the clear out, what I can have for my evening meal…

    1. I read somewhere very recently that, even though it was visible to all and sundry, because it contained some secret listening technology, the GPO Tower didn’t appear on maps until something like the 1990s, possibly the 80s (way after it was built, anyway)!

  4. Derrick. I do hope that as each day passes you get to feel a little better.. I loved Alfie’s Market and had you not pointed out the builder half way up the ladder I would have missed him 🙂 lol..
    Have a restful Day Derrick.. Its frosty up here but blue skies.. 🙂 which always make me feel brighter..
    Take care..
    Sue 🙂

  5. I don’t class myself as an expert in the field, but my immediate reaction to the unidentified chapel in Chapel Place (even before reading your caption) was Hawksmoor (as architect: Nicholas). This proved false authority, but a quick following up of links within Hawkmoor’s Wikipedia entry led me to this:,_Vere_Street
    James Gibbs, a member of the Commissioners of Churches along with Christopher Wren and others, who were tasked with providing London with 50 new churches.

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