london eastern drifts

wanderings, happenings, history, East of London

51%RememberHer – A cultural return for Plaistow..

In my last post here over a month ago (yep, I vow to write more often, but enjoy wandering around posting pics of curiosities in the East on my instagram feed so much more - follow it, follow both!..) I wrote about stumbling upon the artwork... Continue Reading →

Horror-Art..Moral biker gangs..and my beloved favourite ghostsign.

The many lives of one of my favourite stretches of old East London road. I did a history walk around the homelands of Plaistow (work, rest and Playstow as nobody calls it yet!?) on Sunday with a full group of... Continue Reading →

Community sets light to Barking..

Using the power of fire, LED, luminosity and neon, community arts organisation Studio 3 and Creative Barking & Dagenham set light to Barking's historic Eastbury House last weekend.. The Glow project, which brought together works by various artists, and members of the... Continue Reading →

11.00 silence at the Tram Drivers’ War Memorial

By the Greengate junction in Plaistow, you'll find a war memorial recessed into the iron fence of a fine but seemingly derelict Edwardian building. A plaque informs me it's the former offices of the West Ham Tram Corporation depot, built... Continue Reading →

Comic Con, ExCel, Victoria Dock

Sometimes, costumes are so much better than words...

Accidentally blagging your way in to a hidden 180 year old building..

There's a little puzzle I've been keen on trying to solve for a while now.. There's a park in the back streets of Plaistow with ancient gravestones in it - it doesn't have a name, just 'Public Space'.. The gravestones... Continue Reading →

The Good Hotel Amsterdam floats over the North Sea to its new London home

So, I went for a walk on Sunday afternoon to do a scout for a guided walk i'm doing.. I was there just a couple of weeks ago when I went to Marvel Live at the O2 - had a... Continue Reading →

Bata-Ville.. Utopian shoe-makers’ town on the Thames marshlands.

It was a bit of a privilege to be able to explore the Bata sites in East Tilbury as part of the Essex Architecture Weekend in September, organised by Radical Essex. You may remember Bata, the Czech shoemaking company making... Continue Reading →

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