Van Gogh in South London

As a young man, the artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) spent a couple of years living in London. Thanks to his practice of sending regular letters to his brother Theo and others, we know quite a lot about his time here including his movements across South London. The complete letters are available online thanks to the ...

Ian McEwan – ‘the boundless shabby tangle of London south of the river’

I enjoyed Ian McEwan's latest novel, The Children Act (2014), continuing his close observations of the life of the higher reaches of the urban middle class. While Saturday (2005) was centred around a neuro-surgeon living in Fitzrovia, this book's central character is a judge living not too far away in Gray's Inn.If McEwan is a ...

Bob Hoskins RIP – by the river

Farewell Bob Hoskins, a great London actor, so here he is (mostly) by the River Thames:By Tower Bridge in the Long Good Fridaywith Helen Mirren in The Long Good Fridaywith Helen Mirren by St Thomas Hospital SE1 in Last Orderswith Michael Caine in Last Orders... scene shot in the Larkhall Tavern in Claphamon the South ...

Stuart Hall (1932-2014): Jamaican ‘sugar at the bottom of the English cup of tea’

Stuart Hall (1932-2014), who died today at the age of 82, was surely one of the most important British-based thinkers of the 20th century. With a few others he pretty much invented 'cultural studies' and his work on multiculturalism and identity is cited throughout the world. He was visiting professor at Goldsmiths in New Cross ...

New Cross Fire Station Saved – but cuts continue

New Cross Fire Station seems to have been spared the axe, according to the latest proposals due to be considered by London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) on Thursday 18 July. Clapham too has been saved, but 10 stations are earmarked for closure including three in South London: Southwark, Downham and Woolwich.There has been fierce ...