London Walk: Ghosts of Swinging London

Taken from the book Soul City Wandering by Frank Molloy.Available online from Amazon and Waterstones priced £9.99 Official Event of Open House London 2020 INTRODUCTION From Tin Pan Alley to Carnaby Street, this walk covers 12 stops and takes roughly 2 hours to complete. The walk starts from outside the main entrance to Tottenham CourtContinue reading “London Walk: Ghosts of Swinging London”

London Walk: Ghosts of Swinging London

Taken from the book Soul City Wandering by Frank Molloy.Available online from Amazon and Waterstones priced £9.99 Official Event of Open House London 2020 INTRODUCTION From Tin Pan Alley to Carnaby Street, this walk covers 12 stops and takes roughly 2 hours to complete. The walk starts from outside the main entrance to Tottenham CourtContinue reading “London Walk: Ghosts of Swinging London”

London Walk: Ghosts of Swinging London

From Tinpan Alley to Carnaby Street INTRODUCTION This walk starts from outside the main entrance to Tottenham Court Road tube station, on the corner of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road, and finishes near Oxford Circus tube station. The walk covers 12 stops and takes roughly 2 hours to complete. Please be aware that youContinue reading “London Walk: Ghosts of Swinging London”

London People: Thomas Cromwell – Back in the Game

Historical Londoner Thomas Cromwell seems in vogue at the moment, not least since the release of Hilary Mantel’s final novel in her Wolf Hall trilogy, ‘The Mirror and the Light’ (Fourth Estate 2020). For a balanced biography of a Londoner whose political shenanigans still ring down the ages, Soul City Wanderer recommends Thomas Cromwell: TheContinue reading “London People: Thomas Cromwell – Back in the Game”

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”

London People: Samuel Pepys – Forced Entry

During the early lockdown, social media was awash with a quote from the mid-17th century commentator Samuel Pepys. It was purportedly from a diary entry he made during the Great Plague of London, the bubonic pestilence which broke out in the capital in 1665. The shared quote read: On hearing ill rumour that Londoners mayContinue reading “London People: Samuel Pepys – Forced Entry”

London People: Freddie Mercury – Top 10 West End Haunts

The Soul City Wanderer hunts out 10 places in London’s West End where Queen and Freddie Mercury could have been spotted back in their heyday. Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue WC2: The video for A Kind of Magic was filmed here.  Heaven: Under the Arches, Villiers Street, WC2. Freddie’s favourite London nightclub haunt back in theContinue reading “London People: Freddie Mercury – Top 10 West End Haunts”

London Life: Through the Mosaic of London

Welcome to the world of the Soul City Wanderer. Through walks, articles and ideas, this blog invites readers to re-engage with the capital, its streets, its structures, and its soul. Enjoy. Soul City Wanderer is the alias of London-born journalist and author Frank Molloy. A writer on the city’s history and culture, he has anContinue reading “London Life: Through the Mosaic of London”