The Sri Murugan Temple @ Manor Park

Everyone in London seems to have heard of the huge Shree Sanatan Hindu Mandir temple over in Wembley, but no-one discusses its immediate predecessor – the slightly smaller Sri Murugan Temple built in 2005, which sits in rather an incongruous spot on the quiet Church Street in Manor Park. It took five years to complete […]

The Royal Gunpowder Mills @ Waltham Abbey

Yesterday I visited the Royal Gunpowder Mills just outside Waltham Abbey in Essex. This huge site (half the size of Hyde Park in central London) had an important role in the production of gunpowder, and later cordite, from the early 1800s until 1991.The various exhibitions on the site are located in the complex of buildings […]

The National Museum of Computing @ Bletchley Park

Yesterday I was over at the complex of wartime concrete buildings and wooden huts that make up Bletchley Park, the site famous for the code-breaking that took place during the Second World War. The main purpose for my visit was to investigate Block H, which houses the National Museum of Computing, but more on that […]

Chopin Returns To The Royal Festival Hall

Lying undiscovered for twenty five years in a storage space under Waterloo Bridge after being removed from the Royal Festival Hall, a remarkable statue of Frederick Chopin by Polish artist Bronislaw Kubica has just been reinstated next to one of the entrances to the building after its official unveiling by the Duke of Gloucester this […]

Mad Blud @ The Theatre Royal Stratford East – A Review

Last night I was down at the Theatre Royal Stratford East to see a performance of Mad Blud, the play about knife crime, which has a 10 day run at the theatre. Created by Philip Osment, the play is now in its third incarnation having been refined over several years of performances at the theatre. […]

May 2011 London Bloggers Meetup @ The Long Acre

Last night found me down in the rather funky basement bar of the Long Acre just up the street from Leicester Square in London, for the May meeting of the London Bloggers Meetup Group. As always, the event was organised by Andy Bargery, and there were lots of interesting new people there to meet and […]

Thrills at Thorpe Park

Yesterday I ventured over to Staines, Surrey, to make one of my very rare visits to a theme park. Although it is physically located in Chertsey for those of us who don’t have cars, Thorpe Park is a conveniently short shuttle-bus ride away which you can catch just outside Staines railway station. Thorpe Park was […]