New London Book: Soul City Wandering

Soul City Wandering – A London Pilgrimage September 30th, 2020, sees the release of Frank Molloy‘s Soul City Wandering. This new book encourages readers to rediscover their urban surroundings. For city dwellers, the modern metropolis can be so complex, crowded and consuming, that it’s easy to feel disoriented, disenchanted and disconnected, especially with the recentContinue reading “New London Book: Soul City Wandering”

New London Book: Soul City Wandering

Soul City Wandering – A London Pilgrimage September 30th, 2020, sees the release of Frank Molloy‘s Soul City Wandering. This new book encourages readers to rediscover their urban surroundings. For city dwellers, the modern metropolis can be so complex, crowded and consuming, that it’s easy to feel disoriented, disenchanted and disconnected, especially with the recentContinue reading “New London Book: Soul City Wandering”

London People: Hans Sloane?

The British Museum will partially reopen after lockdown on August 27. But just before beforehand, they announced the removal of the bust of its founder Hans Sloane from its prominent position in the King’s Library. A calculated move designed to attract the most publicity before reopening? Soul City Wanderer briefs on the man the museumContinue reading “London People: Hans Sloane?”

London Places: The Lurkin’ Gherkin

20 years ago, on August 23, 2000, planning permission was granted for the building that became known as London’s ‘Gherkin’. Intruding on the London city skyline like some looming figure from a Terry Gilliam animation, Soul City Wanderer briefs on the Lurkin’ Gherkin. The Gherkin was built on the site of the old Baltic ExchangeContinue reading “London Places: The Lurkin’ Gherkin”

London People: God’s Englishman Revisited

Christopher Hill’s classic history biography God’s Englishman was published 50 years ago in 1970. It tells the story of the 17th century English revolutionary leader Oliver Cromwell. Soul City Wanderer briefs. Split into 10 chapters, the first chapter of God’s Englishman acts as an introduction. The next three reveal the first 50 years of OliverContinue reading “London People: God’s Englishman Revisited”

London Places: The Blitz Before The Blitz – Part 3

As part of the 80th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, Soul City Wanderer tells the incredible story of the first WWII bombing raid on Greater London, August 15th 1940.Here in part three, he notes the controversial nature of the attack, and challenges the received historic interpretation of events. As such a calamitous event, forContinue reading “London Places: The Blitz Before The Blitz – Part 3”

London Places: The Blitz Before The Blitz – Part 2

As part of the 80th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, Soul City Wanderer tells the incredible story of the first WWII bombing raid on Greater London, August 15th 1940.This is part two, where he explains how and where the attack took place. At about 6:30pm, on August 15th 1940, a huge formation of GermanContinue reading “London Places: The Blitz Before The Blitz – Part 2”

London Places: The Blitz Before The Blitz – Part 1

As part of the 80th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, Soul City Wanderer tells the incredible story of the first WWII bombing raid on Greater London, August 15th 1940. In part 1, he reveals the elite German bombing squadron that were behind the attack. In part 2, the story of the raid itself. InContinue reading “London Places: The Blitz Before The Blitz – Part 1”

London Places: Five Days in London

From tomorrow, to commemorate the Battle of Britain 80th anniversary, Soul City Wanderer will present a thee-part blog: The Blitz before the Blitz. As a prelude, here is a review of a book that concisely lays out the kind of pressure the country was under eighty years ago. I picked up Five Days in LondonContinue reading “London Places: Five Days in London”

London Places: London’s Hidden Genius

200 years ago, one of Britain’s most talented designers was born. Today, his greatest legacy lies hidden in the heart of London. Soul City Wanderer salutes this somewhat forgotten genius, and reveals a rare opportunity to view his seldom seen masterpiece. Ask any informed group of Londoners to list the city’s greatest architects and youContinue reading “London Places: London’s Hidden Genius”

London Places: By George – It’s Back!

Today, after 15 weeks of lockdown, an old London friend returns: The George Inn in Southwark. Soul City Wanderer notes his personal attachment for this famous pub, and its historic significance. Back in the 1980’s, I started my illustrious career in a warehouse in Borough, the area immediately south of London Bridge. As a health-consciousContinue reading “London Places: By George – It’s Back!”

London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 5

Carlton House Terrace, in the heart of London, has had a major impact on the city’s environment and on world history. Soul City Wanderer invites you to read more of its fascinating story in the final instalment of a five-part article running this week. When the German ambassador Ribbentrop moved into the existing embassy atContinue reading “London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 5”

London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 4

Carlton House Terrace, in the heart of London, has had a major impact on the city’s environment and on world history. Soul City Wanderer invites you to read more of its fascinating story in the fourth instalment of a five-part article running this week. In February 1938, Joachim von Ribbentrop was officially recalled to GermanyContinue reading “London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 4”

London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 3

Carlton House Terrace, in the heart of London, has had a major impact on the city’s environment and on world history. Soul City Wanderer invites you to read more of its fascinating story in the third instalment of a five-part article running this week. In 1937, after all hopes of a pro-German king & queenContinue reading “London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 3”

London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 2

Carlton House Terrace, in the heart of London, has had a major impact on the city’s environment and on world history. Soul City Wanderer invites you to read more of its fascinating story in the second instalment of a five-part article running this week. When the incumbent German ambassador to the UK died at theContinue reading “London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 2”

London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 1

Carlton House Terrace, in the heart of London, has had a major impact on the city’s environment and on world history. Soul City Wanderer invites you to read more of its fascinating story in the first of a five-part article running this week. Just off the Mall in Westminster, next to the statue of ‘theContinue reading “London Places: The Carlton Conspiracy Part 1”

London People: Sherlock’s Psychogeographic Adventure

Following on from last week’s Sherlock Holmes series on this blog, Soul City Wanderer speculates on whether Arthur Conan Doyle had endowed his fictional detective with a natural sense of psychogeography. Relying on a specific sense can be part of the psychogeographic experience. The writer Will Self, who taught a psychogeography module at Brunel University,Continue reading “London People: Sherlock’s Psychogeographic Adventure”

London People: Sherlock’s Grand Day Out – An Elementary London Tour

Sherlock’s Grand Day Out is a self-guided tour of the famous fictional detective’s London haunts. But how can we claim it to be the most ‘elementary’ of Sherlock tours? Well, first of all, not only is the Soul City Wanderer an old Holmes aficionado, he is also a top qualified London tour guide. Secondly, whileContinue reading “London People: Sherlock’s Grand Day Out – An Elementary London Tour”

London People: ‘Sherlock’s’ Homes

Tomorrow, for Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere, Soul City Wanderer will present Sherlock’s Grand London Day Out, a definitive tour of the detective’s haunts. As a prelude, here is a short essay on the residencies of the Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on May 22nd, 1859 toContinue reading “London People: ‘Sherlock’s’ Homes”

London People: 1920: Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Annus Horribilis’

One hundred years ago, the reputation of the legendary creator of Sherlock Holmes began to take a tumble. The Soul City Wanderer investigates. Perhaps it was inevitable. There had always been an alternate side to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which would led him towards controversy in his later life. After he became an established detectiveContinue reading “London People: 1920: Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Annus Horribilis’”

London People: Sherlock Holmes’ Musical London (Part 2)

The second part of the Soul City Wanderer’s response to detective fiction writer Anthony Horowitz’s claim that Sherlock Holmes had “no interest in music”. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box: Paganini. While investigating the case of the Cardboard Box, Holmes and Watson are having lunch somewhere near Croydon, as you do. Holmes is once againContinue reading “London People: Sherlock Holmes’ Musical London (Part 2)”

London People: Sherlock Holmes’ Musical London (Part 1)

Last week, Soul City Wanderer watched a programme on the Sky Arts channel entitled Sherlock Holmes vs Arthur Conan Doyle. It was about the author’s strained relationship with his own literary creation. One of the contributors was Anthony Horowitz, an English writer who specialises in the detective mystery genre. In 2011, Horowitz was officially endorsedContinue reading “London People: Sherlock Holmes’ Musical London (Part 1)”

London Places: The British Museum – The Exhibit That Never Was

Soul City Wanderer reveals the story of one of the greatest museum exhibits to never see the light of day: a football shirt. In 2010, the British Museum in conjunction with BBC Radio 4, launched a joint project entitled A History of the World in 100 Objects. The radio series was written and presented byContinue reading “London Places: The British Museum – The Exhibit That Never Was”