My name is Pete Berthoud and I am a London obsessive. I spend virtually all my time walking in, writing about or reading about London. My interests range from art to pubs, history, maps, photography & architecture and I really enjoy sharing my favourite places. Whatever your interests I'd like to show some of the city I love.

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  • When Madame Tussaud's Tested A Commando

    When Madame Tussaud's Tested A Commando

    In 1947, 110 would be Royal Marine Commandos embarked upon a nationwide, five day long, “personal initiative” test. Taking the initiative test was a very serious matter for the men, p...

  • Plans for a Charing Cross Bridge Without Trains

    Plans for a Charing Cross Bridge Without Trains

    Less than fifty years after the opening of Charing Cross, there were plans to close the station and replace its rail bridge with a grand new road bridge. The station opened in 1864 but by1908 Thomas ...

  • A Grim View Inside Newgate Prison in the 1890s

    A Grim View Inside Newgate Prison in the 1890s

    There are very few photos of Newgate prison on the net. The most commonly reproduced ones come from a late Victorian book, Queen’s London, Anon, Cassell, 1897. But three of the most striking an...

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