The Tarot Tour of London

The Wheel of Fortune card from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck - co-designed by A.E.Waite who has an interesting connection with the Horniman MuseumComing up next week (Thursday October 8th) at South East London Folklore Society:'The Tarot Tour of London uses 22 of the major historical sites as the basis of the tour as they ...

Vanished City: London’s Lost Neighbourhoods

Coming up at South East London Folklore Society next month, a talk by writer Thomas Bolton - 'Vanished City: London's Lost Neighbourhoods':'London is in a state of constant transformation, layer upon layer built up over centuries of destruction and reconstruction. There is so much change all around us that we scarcely notice it, but among ...

Marcus Garvey in Borough High Street

A friend told me recently that the great Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) once lived in Borough High Street, which sent me scurrying to the library to find out moreAccording to Colin Grant's biography, 'Negro with a Hat: the rise and fall of Marcus Garvey' (2008), Garvey first came to London from Jamaica in the Spring ...

Ruin Lust

A couple of weeks left at Tate Britain of 'Ruin Lust', the exhibition tracing artists' fascination with ruins from the 18th century onwards. London features heavily, with Transpontine content including:Photographs by Henry Dixon of old inns facing demolition, commissioned  by the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London in the 1880s. This one is of ...

London’s Myths & Legends at South East London Folklore Society

Coming up at South East London Folklore Society on Thursday 10th April:Robert Stephenson: London's Myths & Legends.In legend London was inaugurated by the fabled Trojan leader Brutus with the construction of a temple dedicated to Diana on the spot now occupied by St Paul's Cathedral. Hear about the city’s legends and founding myths, and their ...