London Life: Return of the Speakeasy (3)

Soul City Wanderer is enticed to a unique lockdown experience, an illicit drink at a south London ‘speakeasy’, where he encounters a modern secret society. This is part 3 of 3. Inside a clandesdine ‘speakeasy’ held in a south London pub, I am intrigued with the secret society I have encountered. My guide is happyContinue reading “London Life: Return of the Speakeasy (3)”

London Life: Return of the Speakeasy (2)

Soul City Wanderer is enticed to a unique lockdown experience, an illicit drink at a south London ‘speakeasy’, where he encounters a modern secret society. This is part 2 of 3. So, I have managed to gain entry into a clandesdine ‘speakeasy’ which is being held in a south London pub. A friend in theContinue reading “London Life: Return of the Speakeasy (2)”

London Life: Return of the Speakeasy (1)

Soul City Wanderer is enticed to a unique lockdown experience, an illicit drink at a south London ‘speakeasy’, where he encounters a modern secret society. This is part 1 of 3. A few weeks ago, in my lockdown boredom, I read Empire of Booze by Henry Jeffreys (Unbound Press, 2016). See review below. It’s aContinue reading “London Life: Return of the Speakeasy (1)”

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”