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To give me a bit more functionality on the blog I've moved onto a new platform and a shiny new domain: pootlingaround.com So update your bookmarks and I'll see you there! [...]
Sat, Jul 05, 2014 10:02:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Many know about the Prospect's association with Princess Margaret, Grace Kelly and Richard Burton, but what of the armed robbery of Saturday, January 10 1953? It had been a chilly, but reasonably mild January day in Wapping. As the clock approached midnight the Prospect was closed and empty, other than the manageress Eva Johns and two barmen tidying up the pub. Fresh sawdust was scattered [...]
Thu, May 29, 2014 9:56:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
A tragic, romantic tale of one pub, "The Three Suns" and two of its landlords, John Boggon and George Scollick. The pub closed in 1986 and no longer exists by that name but as you walk up Garnet Street from Wapping High Street you come to an upmarket wine bar and shop. Stand on the opposite side of the road and look-up at "Victualler" and you might see something on the brickwork that hints at [...]
Thu, May 29, 2014 7:42:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
There is a planning application to install automatic sliding doors at Waitrose at Thomas More Square to reduce drafts. This is possibly the most dull thing I've written on the blog. However, the planning application has a plan of the ground floor of the store, so if you ever wondered what was behind certain doors, you can now find out. So, at least you can learn where the dairy store is... [...]
Tue, May 27, 2014 12:26:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
This weekend, there was an article in the Sunday Times (paywall) about the London Dock. I assume the article is accurate, but given the accompanying map showed the location of the development as being the Sunday Times office rather than the actual location of the 15 acre site I wouldn't put any money on it. Sunday Times MapMap from London Docks brochure (actual location) The most eye [...]
Mon, May 26, 2014 3:46:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
A few photos from today's walk through the Thames Tunnel from Rotherhithe to Wapping and back to Rotherhithe. As you might know, the Thames Tunnel was the first tunnel to go under a river in the World and is now the oldest bit of TfL infrastructure. From Rotherhithe Station you first walk through the high brick vaulted tunnel of the East London Railway (as was) before going through the more [...]
Sat, May 24, 2014 4:47:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Religious tensions have been present in the East End for a long time and Wapping is no exception. I'll be writing a few articles about some examples of tension and conflict between and within people of faith in the area. This article is reasonably light-hearted but shows how expressing religious and cultural identity should be done with care and certainly without aggression. Today most people [...]
Mon, May 12, 2014 12:17:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
We had some friends round for drinks and nibbles on Saturday to express our shared bewilderment at the spectacle of European pop music and sat, sang and sipped whilst scoring. At the end of the evening I was a little disappointed at how few points the UK gave Iceland, so I was rather interested to learn that Eurovision have published all of the scores of both the expert juries of each country ( [...]
Sun, May 11, 2014 9:32:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Last night on Twitter, we asked those local council candidates what their favourite musical. We're in the fortunate position to ask Paul St Paul Principal of 'Little Doris' Day School for Boys and Musical Director of the Watney Red Barrels (choral society for portly men with a lefty disposition in Wapping and Shadwell) for his opinion on the choices. Pootling Around: Paul, we've got some [...]
Wed, May 07, 2014 8:33:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Slowly but surely the area between Aldgate, Aldgate East and south to the DLR is smartening up, driven by the large residential developments down Leman St but also the new Grange Hotel on Prescott Street. This morning en route to try breakfast at Exmouth Coffee, we decided instead to pop into the Pastry Parlour, which tucked just behind the newish Sainsbury's on Leman St (map below). Rather than [...]
Sat, May 03, 2014 12:07:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Just out of interest, is this crane on top of the development at 21 Wapping Lane, the only one in London that doesn’t have a red beacon on it’s summit. Judging by the next photo, possibly? So not only has Ballymore constructed the building without proper public consultation of local residents in Wapping, it now […] [...]
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 10:33:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
In a new episode of the Transporting Awkward Items by Bus series, I found myself yesternight trundling along wrestling a Christmas tree. Some Grinches and Scrooges among you may glance at my tree and with an aloof sneer dismiss it as being far too short to be considered in any sense a tree. I ask you to remember, however, what happens at this time of year to people whose hearts are three sizes too small. Pictured: a tree, no matter the size. This is the first Christmas where I bought a tree myself. Normally I am across the water in the US [...]
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 11:43:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
1. SAVE Smithfield Market 2. SAVE our Skatepark 3. News International Site The following describes some of the proposals in more detail. All of them either involve huge tower blocks or more unnecessary retail units. All of them threaten to destroy the history and heritage in London. SAVE Smithfield Market PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENT – SMITHFIELD […] [...]
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 5:21:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
The London of my imagination is a nighttime city, a city of twinkling lights reflected in the Thames, of old-fashioned lampposts, of warm windows full of laughing people glowing into dim streets.  Sometimes it’s even like that in real life. One night I walk home from seeing a show at the Globe and I feel this could easily be the manner in which I would like all days to end. It is a warm evening and revellers are out reeling merrily from pub to pub. I walk past the Globe’s own bar, the Swan, past the Anchor, the Old Thameside Inn, the [...]
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:09:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
1 bedroom flat for sale in Wapping Lane, London E1W – 30285365 – Zoopla. I am most pleased to announce that the mayor’s policy of building more affordable housing in London seems to be working well. This 1 bedroom property is available for a modest £400k and will appeal to key workers with a family […] [...]
Mon, Sep 09, 2013 11:14:00 AM, Continue reading at the source