A Wave of Beer

A Wave of Beer

We don’t get a say in how we ‘meet our maker’ but if we did, people in London’s Fitzrovia did so in the most spectacular fashion. Oliver Reed and Keith Moon would have doffed their hats to them. They literally drowned in a tidal wave of beer!

The First Daily Paper

The First Daily Paper

William Caxton might have introduced the world’s first printing press in 1476 in Westminster, but it took until 1702 for the world’s first daily paper to surface – The Daily Courant.

London underground corpses line

London underground corpses line

Staring at some workday train travellers you might be forgiven for thinking that corpse trains are nothing new, in fact, they describe quite a number of early morning and late night journeys I have been on.

Scotch Egg

Scotch Egg

If you assumed a Scotch Egg heralded from Scotland, it would be understandable, however, it would also be entirely wrong. The claim for the invention of Scotch Eggs lies at the other end of the British Isles in London’s Fortnum and Mason store and dates back to 1738.

Polar Bear Fishing in The Thames

Polar Bear Fishing in The Thames

In this era of climate change, of melting ice caps, vast chunks of icy continents drifting into new territories and stranded polar bears, you’d still doubt London has ever seen a giant white arctic mammal fishing in the River Thames. Or has it?