Category Archives: Glimpse of the past

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”


Introducing the View From the Mirror Archive- a new contents page

To date, I’ve written and posted over 270 articles on this site.

Due to the nature of blogging software these posts get pushed further and further back as time progresses meaning it can be tricky to discover older content.

To overcome this problem I’ve developed a new contents page where links and brief descriptions of every single article can be found.

Please click here or on the link in the menu bar above to access…


The Queen of Soul in London: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

This photo of the late, great Aretha Franklin pictured with two London bobbies was snapped for Jet magazine in August 1970 when the undisputed Queen of Soul was in town for a number of dates at the Hammersmith Odeon

Around the same time Aretha also played a set on the Cliff Richard Show at BBC Television Centre.

A clip from that programme in which Aretha sings the incredibly moving Don’t Play That Song You Lied can be viewed below.

Rest in peace Aretha.