I spotted this advertisement for a brewery on the side of a now residential building, a minute’s walk away from the Bromley by Bow tube station. A little bit of internet research has confirmed that this wasn’t just an advert for Taylor Walker products, in a similar vein to Ghost signs (see earlier post Ghost Train (sign)) as I first thought, but the only … Continue reading Sign of the time
It was a particularly grey London day when I took this picture of one of Hackney artist Stik‘s murals. Representing the past, present and future of Shoreditch, the figures really stand out in, peering down at the traffic on Old Street. The Guardian made a mini-documentary about the creation of the mural, with Stik himself explaining his thoughts behind the creation and interviews with Shoreditch residents about … Continue reading Shoreditch past, present and yet to come
For the historians and the curious, this memorial to Thomas More, lawyer, author of Utopia and one time confident of Henry VII can be found behind the Courts of justice on Carey Street in Holborn. Also known as St Thomas More, he was canonised by the Catholic Church in 1935. More was executed for treason after he refused to swear an oath Henry put into place … Continue reading Thomas More
I really like this piece of Urban Art found on the wall of Stir Coffee (formerly Potts Antiques) on Brixton Hill. It’s so colourful and definitely cheers up a formerly blank wall. It was Created by Tizer One as part of the annual Brixton Urban Art Fair in 2015 Continue reading Art on the hill
Gonks, also known as tomte, nisse or tomtenisse, are mythological creatures known throughout Scandinavia culture and usually associated with winter time. These small Gnome like creatures, with long white beards are often associated with nature and farming. I found this scaled up version inspecting some Christmas trees in the shadow of the London Eye. Researching this reminded me of a show I used to LOVE when I was a … Continue reading Gnome for Christmas
Ghost signs have fascinated me for a while. Once a common advertising feature used up and down the UK, brands would literally paint their names and messages onto the bricks of a house to raise awareness of their products. Now fading from the elements or simply lost through redevelopment and destruction of the older buildings they once adorned, it’s less common to spot examples like the … Continue reading Ghost train (sign)
I spotted this green fellow in the Southbank skatepark last weekend and just had to take a picture. At first glance, he looks like a questionable pumpkin, but the more I look at him, the more I think he looks like a malevolent tree, albeit a concrete one. I always like walking past here to take a look at the graffiti. Each time I walk … Continue reading Hey Pumpkin!
Welcome to Around This Corner Like the reindeer in the above picture contemplating life in Richmond Park, I also like to wander. I’m a firm believer that a good walk is the best way to really get to know a place. This holds especially true when it comes to navigating around cities. In my experience, getting lost in a new city is the quickest way … Continue reading Wandering Ways