CHRISTMAS IN CLERKENWELL

You may not have known it but the Christmas Cracker was invented in Clerkenwell. A certain Thomas Smith, confectioner, based in Goswell Road developed it in the 1840s from a Parisian [...]

EEL HEART LOVE

Yesterday to Broadway market to drink cocktails for Joe’s birthday. He has reached the ancient age of 30 and therefore will not be able to drink there much longer as it now seems to be [...]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUESDAY

It was 66 years ago today. I watched ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ the other night. How wonderful.And each time I see the Cinncinati Kid, I just..Anyway, I hope she’s having a [...]

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

My friend Pete Sollet sent me this photograph. Big deal right? But this isn’t the central east side of London, it’s the lower east side of Manhattan. I do look forward to eating there [...]

WILD GOOSE CHASE

I started this blog four years ago with an account of a visit I made to see the buried river Fleet far beneath the pavements of Clerkenwell. A lot has happened in the time since but I’ve [...]

ANYTHING BUT LOVE

I used to share an apartment with my friend the writer Glen Duncan in Notting Hill before we moved to Clerkenwell. At that time he had written three novels almost entirely concerned with the ins [...]

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