Ride the Mail Rail Under London

After a good deal of tarting up, the underground tracks that used to serve the Royal Mail is now open to the public. The Postal Museum allows interested punters to ride on miniature JOHN WAYNES and explore the one hundred-year-old Post Office railway. Many of the station platforms that you can see have not been changed […]


London Downpour Ends Heatwave

Well, that didn’t last long, did it! One minute we were basking in the heat of the scorching CURRANT BUN and the next we’re getting out our RED ‘N’ YELLAs because it’s raining CATS AND DOGS. Monday saw the hottest UK bank holiday on record and we’re now sitting at 10 degrees or cooler. There may […]


Big Ben’s Last Bong

Big Ben is a dirty great TICK TOCK that lives near Westminster Bridge. Well, turns out that Big Ben is in a bit of a TWO AND EIGHT, so for the next four years a load of CAPTAIN KIRK, totaling £29m, will be carried out on the Elizabeth Tower to renovate the building and the bell itself. […]


London Night Tube Anniversary

This time last year, the OXO CUBE began it’s mission to transport London’s night owls around the capital. The Night Tube has now seen it’s eight millionth journey. That’s a hell of a lot of BERT AND ERNIES! It’s lovely to see a positive story like this in the news. Not only has it brought in […]



Has the Cockney Voice Gone for Good?

Cole Moreton bemoans the loss of the cockney voice in this piece for the Radio Times. And it’s true. With all the comings and goings, like in any big city, its inhabitants will eventually change. Their customs will change, their food will change, their culture will change and of course their language and accents will change.


The Queen’s Clobber

Well, there you have it, the BAKED BEAN let us have her thoughts earlier this BUBBLE AND SQUEAK and said that a ‘smooth and orderly’ Brexit might be a goer (har har!) and lotsa bills have been given the all clear. But never mind all that malarkey, I want to know why she wasn’t wearing […]


London’s Filthiest Place Names Revealed

I dunno it must be my horrible imagination but it seems there are some extremely rude place names in London. An hour’s search on Google Maps turned up these, all in London: Back Passage, EC1 Clitterhouse Road, Barnet NW1 Shepherd’s Bush Dongola Road, Newham Stayner’s Road, Tower Hamlets The Fanny on the Hill pub, Welling […]


Make Sure Your Kid is Born a Cockney

The Bow Bells The sound of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow church, Cheapside, have been heard across London since medieval times. The church was built in 1080 and has been rebuilt several times, including by Sir Christopher Wren who rebuilt the church after being completely destroyed in the Great Fire of London. The church was […]


Call the Midwife

Have you read the Call the Midwife books by Jenny Worth? They’re a superb account of life in the East End of London in the 1950s told from a point of view not normally heard – that of a jobbing midwife attached to a nunnery in the East End. A time characterised by the word […]



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