An offbeat study of our Capital city looking at the buildings and architecture, colourful history, legends and one or two strange characters who make up this cosmopolitan city.
Part One studies the strange buildings and history which can be found in Inner London. It includes all the familiar sights that the tourists enjoy as well as the more bizarre aspects of life in the City.
This very modern building looks like it is going to fall down.
It is definitely eccentric in the true sense of the word.
At 310 metres high with 87 stories, this is the tallest building in Wetern Europe.
The building includes offices, restaurants, a hotel and private apatments.
When built in 1908 as the Headquarters of the British Medical Association, it was decorated with 18 bold sculptures by Sir Jacob Epstein depicting naked men and women. Unfortunately, by the mid-1930's, the London atmosphere, frost and rain had damaged the sculptures reulting in several body parts falling on to the heads of passers by. They were mutilated to prevent further accidents.
Zimbabwe House, The Strand
A reminder of World War 2 pointing the way to air raid shelters can be found in this street close to the Houses of Parliament.
This Porters Rest was designed for porters and anyone else "carrying burdens" to stop for a few minutes and get their breath back.
Lord North Street
General Lying-In Hospital, this was the first maternity hospital in this Country.
A marriage certificate had to be produced before you were allowed to enter.
Originally built to celebrate the Millenium, this has now become one of London's iconic landmarks.
The smallest house in London is barely a metre wide. Perhaps built to block a right of way through to St George's graveyard, and hence deter grave-robbers, it dates back to 1805 and is now part of Tyburn Convent.
This High Tide house is a metal open column building and is marked on the inside with a measure enabling the height of tides to be registered.
10, Hyde Park Place
Part Two looks at Greater London, the area surrounding the City on all sides where we see some very unusual buildings and one or two very eccentric characters.
This address is famous. They are not real houses but only frontages to blend in with the neighbouring properties.
The original houses were demolished when the Underground railway was built.
The Traffic Light Tree - a modern sculpture with over 30 sets of lights all changing independent of each other.
Now re-sited at Billingsgate Market.
22, Leinster Gardens, Bayswater
Richard Burton's tomb looks like a Bedouin tent. Round the back, there's a ladder which you can climb up and give him a wave.
Very creepy !
The Post Office Tower - one of London's early iconic landmarks built in 1966.
They issued a set of stamps to commemorate the opening.
A beautiful Art Noveau building which was the Carreras cigarette factory.
A truly wonderful temple which took many years to build and many millions of pounds to finance.
Well worth a visit.
This has to be one of the most erotic public statues in London.
I quite like it.
Soldiers must not march over this bridge as it could easily fall down. This rule still applies today.
If you want speciality retailers, full of character and decorated shop fronts, then this is the place to go.
It makes Marks and Spencers look a bit old-fashioned, doesn't it.