Moving on…

Dear friends,

I must apologise for the lack of posts on this site in recent months. 

As mentioned in April 2019, I have been working on my second book; a history of Waterloo station. So far this has been going very well; Waterloo has a fascinating history and I can’t wait to share the results!


Since April, I have also been working on another project.

‘View from the Mirror’- aka has been running since 2011 and is now starting to look a little tired.

As such, I have decided to create a new, revamped website where I can start afresh and take advantage of exciting new design features which have developed over the past eight years.

I am pleased to announce that this new website is:

In essence, is similar to blackcablondon: at heart, it is a celebration of London and an exploration of the city’s rich history.

As part of the new design I have instigated new features such as a look at London’s lesser-explored suburbs, and reviews and top picks from the capital’s latest exhibitions. My own illustrations now form part of the new look.

Here are some highlights from the first batch of posts:

An A-Z of Cockney Rhyming Slang: 26 terms to discover… and how to use them!

An A-Z of Cockney Rhyming Slang


Mapping The War of the Worlds: An in depth-look at the locations featured in H.G Wells’ early sci-fi masterpiece.

The War of the Worlds Mapped


London True Crime: The Baker Street Robbery, 1971

London True Crime: The Baker Street Robbery, 1971.


Travels on the Tube: Rickmansworth: A journey to the far end of the Metropolitan line

Travels on the Tube, Rickmansworth:


On, it is also possible to book walking tours with me. At present I offer a specialised tour of Roman London and the option to create a bespoke tour. Roman Tour

Further walks will be added in the near future.

There is also a shop on the new website where you can purchase my first book: ‘The Knowledge: Train Your Brain Like a Cabbie’. More items (such as mugs and canvas prints) will be following soon! shop

I will now be posting solely on will remain online as an archive. 

I would like to offer my deepest thanks to all of you who’ve subscribed to, commented on and supported this website since 2011. Your kind words have inspired me and pushed me to keep writing over the years.

If you are a friend of this website it would mean a great deal to me if you could come on over and subscribe to so we can continue enjoying London together and help the new site to grow!

It is now now time to sign off from, and so I will bid farewell with the traditional London cabbies’ way of saying goodbye…

“Be Lucky”


11 responses

  1. I tried to subscribe to the new blog, but it just keeps saying ‘unexpected error’.
    Cheers, Pete.

    1. Thanks for the info Pete, I’m working on it!

      1. I tried again earlier this evening, Rob. Got the same message.

  2. Rickmansworth? That’s not the far end of the Metropolitan Line. I live in Chesham and THAT is the far end of the Met. Good to see you back..

    1. Ha ha, yes I’d get a nosebleed if I went that far out! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  3. I’m also getting the error message when trying to subscribe, thanks. It looks a great new site otherwise!

    1. Many thanks for the kind words! Apologies for the subscription problem, currently attempting to fix it.

    2. Thanks… hopefully it’s working now!

      1. Still not working, I’m afraid Rob. Can I email you my details so you can put me on manually perhaps? Thanks.

  4. I think the follow has finally worked, Rob!
    Time will tell…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Cheers Pete and thank you as ever for your support.

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