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 […]