5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bloomsbury

Amazing women, dystopian strongholds, and aristocratic estates – a few quirky facts with which to impressive your friends and family next time you’re in Bloomsbury.

‘All-Night Gaiety’ at The Caravan Club

Decades before the 1967 Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised sex between men, some freedom and community could be found in the numerous illegal drinking dens and makeshift private members’ clubs which popped up in and around Soho. One of these was the Caravan Club, which dazzled the streets of Soho in the 1930s, but was unfortunately shut down by police on this day (25th August) in 1934.

Noor Inayat Khan

Noor Inayat Khan was a British secret agent during the Second World War. She went into Nazi-occupied France as a radio operator. These operatives, on average, had a life expectancy of only six weeks. Noor managed seventeen.

The Bells of London Town

On this day (11th July) in 1859, Big Ben rang for the first time because (spoiler alert!) Big Ben is a bell not a tower. I used this anniversary moment to shine a light on some of London’s most exciting bells.

A Little Bit More Lockdown Art

This is Part Two of my jaunt through the Royal Academy, bringing you some beautiful art and its relation to the general lockdown experience.

Memoirs of a Blue Badge Guide

This is a very special blog post to me. In March, I qualified as a Blue Badge tour guide, and I am proud to be following in my Grandma’s footsteps. She has been a Blue Badge Guide since 1972! I decided to use all my extra lockdown time to interview her and hear some of her guiding stories.

When England went Bananas

On 10th April 1633, the earliest recorded bananas went on sale in England, in an apothecary on Snow Hill in London.
I’ve read more about bananas in the last 24 hours than I have in my entire life, but it was completely worth it – a bit of creative writing, a bit of fascinating history!

Harrington and Hogarth: (Street) Art in London

Comparing the 18th and 21st centuries, William Hogarth and Conor Harrington, the collision of the galleries and the streets of London.