Chocolate: A Story Both Bitter & Sweet
Today the global value of chocolate consumption is an estimated $140 billion worldwide. One third of that is consumed in Western Europe...
United Coffeedom: The History of London’s Coffee Houses
These early cafes were breeding grounds for gossip, education and argument, where men would misuse laws and, in some instances, practice a curiously c
Uncover London: How Very A-Mewsing
Once upon a time, back in Georgian and Victorian days, the London mews behind fancy houses in grand neighbourhoods provided stalls for horses, servant
Magic, Might, and Mockery: A Brief History of Conical Hats
Tall conical hats have been fashionably worn as symbols of power and magic. Elsewhere and at a different time, these hats have been used as a method o
‘Don’t call me Mommie’: The Celebration of Joan Crawford
To watch a Joan Crawford movie is still an Event with a capital E, a heart-stopping experience...
London’s Burning: Our Red-Hot Tradition
London has been burnt by accident, by arson, by the IRA. We even have our own nursery rhyme for the occasion, called London’s Burning...
Shakespeare to Spoken Word: A Brief History of East London Poets
The East was once the stomping ground of our greatest poets, canons of English Literature and rowdy bards...
Goddess Sanctuary: Where Hollywood Came to Rest
In the aftermath of Hollywood’s Golden Age, in cities all around the world, movie goddesses hid away from the preying eyes in what appeared to be an
Elixir of Life: Chartreuse
The monks may never have intended to drink the incredibly alcoholic tincture, but plenty of other Europeans did...
Court Jesters to Jimmy Carr: A Brief History of Comedians
The notion of a ‘comedian’ as we understand it only began to emerge with the appearance of court jesters or minstrels, a capricious form of comedy