Old London Blog

The Independent Shoe Black

From Street life in London by J Thomson and Adolphe Smith A LONG and uneven war has been waged for many years between the various members of the shoe-blacking fraternity. The factions that divide...

The room over Temple Bar, 1876

Temple Bar is the principal ceremonial entrance to the City of London on its western side from the City of Westminster. It is situated on the historic royal ceremonial route from the Tower of...

Monster soup – Thames water

Satirical cartoon by William Heath, showing a woman observing monsters in a drop of London water (at the time of the Commission on the London Water Supply report, 1828)