The Eliots of Crawford Mansions

A green Westminster plaque marks where the Eliots of Crawford Mansions lived on Homer Row. American born poet and playwright T.S. Eliot moved into 18 Crawford Mansions with his wife, Vivienne, in March 1916, shortly after the publication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, the poem that made him famous. An enviable location…

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Memories of the Metropolitan Theatre

The Metropolitan Theatre, affectionately known as ‘The Met’, once entertained London from 267 Edgware Road. It had long been a site of leisure and entertainment. From 1524 there was the White Lion pub, which made way for Turnham’s Grand Concert Hall in 1836. Then in 1862 it was rebuilt again as the Metropolitan Music Hall. In 1897,…

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The Cinematic History of Edgware Road

These days, London’s film central is Leicester Square. But back at the start of the 20th century, Edgware Road was pioneering when it came to picture houses and continued to innovate right up to modern times. Here’s a look back at the cinematic history of Edgware Road. “Recreations” Cinematograph Theatre, 1909-64 The “Recreations Theatre” was the…

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The Green Wall of Edgware Road

Have you admired the Green Wall of Edgware Road? It’s 200 sq m of sustainable living wall on the side of Edgware Road Bakerloo Line station. Funded by the London Clean Air Fund, the eye-catching greenery was installed in 2011 as “just one of a range of innovative and targeted measures … introduced by the Mayor, Boris…

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Danse Gwenedour at Marble Arch

Saturday 11 March 2017 saw the official unveiling of Danse Gwenedour at Marble Arch, as part of Westminster’s City of Sculpture series. Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL was joined by contemporary British sculptor Bushra Fakhoury to unveil the latest piece of public art at Marble Arch. Bushra Fakhoury described how Danse Gwenedour depicts the human…

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Who Was Wallenberg?

Have you ever passed the pensive statue next to the Montcalm Hotel on Great Cumberland Place and wondered who was Wallenberg? Walk around the monument and you’ll find out. The inscription reads: “Wallenberg’s bravery helped save the lives of as many as 100,000 men, women and children, destined for the death camps only because they were…

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There’s a Forest Under the Flyover

Have you noticed the Forest under the Flyover? The space beneath the Marylebone Flyover was brightened and lightened up in 2016 by a virtual forestscape stencilled to the underside of the imposing structure. Entrepreneur, innovator, artist and maker Manou Bendon was commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) to create the surprising piece of public art in the midst…

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A Vintage Aerial View of Edgware Road and Marble Arch

This vintage aerial view of Edgware Road and Marble Arch was published as a postcard by Aircraft Manufacturing Co (Airco) sometime between 1918-1920. But the image is older. Peter Berthoud, who obtained the postcard, did some detective work and concludes that the photograph was taken circa 1913. Take a closer look at the picture and…

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