Before they pass....

Jays Stores

Jays for Jeans, Surrey Quays

Save the Curzon Soho

Sign the petition -

Dave's Barbers

A national institution

No cycling

London Bridge station

Madame JoJo's

 Madame Jo Jo's. A victim of the gentrification of Soho

Ian Dury and Tubby Issacs

Ian Dury and Tubby Isaacs now both sadly gone.

Sir Christopher Wren's plan for rebuilding London

Battersea Power Station

One chimney down. Will the other three follow?

The Red Cow

 The Red Cow, Grange Walk - Now a block of flats

Cycling in London

As if cycling in London was not dangerous enough this brave soul is cycling around Trafalgar Square, dressed in Victorian costume, on a penny farthing.

Sarsaparilla down East Lane Market

Bermondsey antiques market

 Bermondsey antiques market. A luxury hotel now stands on this site.

The Old Tabard, Borough High Street

The Old Tabard has long gone. Established in 1307 and demolished in 1873 it was the home of Harry Bailey from Geoffrey Chaucers, The Canterbury Tales

Bifel that in that season on a day,
In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay
Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage
To Caunterbury with ful devout corage,

Former Surrey Docks Offices

The Intrepid Fox, Wardour Street 

In 1784 the Intrepid Fox was named after flamboyant politician Sir Charles James Fox. It went on to be the pub to visit before seeing a band in the Marquee on the other side of the road. It’s where Mick Jagger poached Ron Wood away from the Faces to join the Stones and where Slash went to drown his sorrows when, being worse for wear, security stopped him from entering his own show when Gun’s ‘n’ Roses played the Marquee

It’s now a burger bar.


A 'walk in' humidor in Wardour Street.

Natural History Museum

Too late for this one. 

The House of Toby

Once upon a time these ceramic Toby Ale signs decorated nearly every pub in London

Covent Garden tobacconist
 Tobacco, Cuban cigars and snuff. "Pipe smokers delight".

Flag House

Flag House in Tanner Street, Bermondsey. Now luxury flats, hence the Porsche packed outside.

Market barrow

These barrows used to be everywhere but have now almost disappeared as have the street markets. Always green with red wheels.

Tubby Isaac's

Tubby Isaac’s jellied eel stall in Aldgate finally closes after 94 years - Docklands & East London Advertiser

Pall Mall barbers

Pall Mall barbers (since 1896) in Whitcombe Street, next to the National Gallery. The archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler lived above the shop.

W. Sitch & Co 

Manufacturers of and dealers in period lighting since 1770. 48 Berwick Street, Soho.

Monumental Masons

A. Elfes in Brick Lane, Monumental Masons (as in gravestones not huge members of a secret sect) now gone.

J. Evans, Dairy

A dairy in Warren Street

The Hat Factory

 Henry Heath's Hat Factory, off of Oxford Street. Now gone

 The London Pub

London pubs are starting to disappear to be replaced by rapidly expanding coffee shop chains. The Hand and Racquet, just off Leicester Square and opened in 1865, proudly boasts to be ‘a little pub with a big welcome’ but has sadly now poured it's last pint. Regulars included Tommy Cooper, Tony Hancock and Sid James.

Punch & Judy

A sad, lonely Punch & Judy booth on a wet London Street

My Tea Shop

My Tea Shop beneath London Bridge Station

The Mousetrap

In it's 60th year at the same theatre. This will never 'pass'

Thomas B Treacy

Literally, before they pass

Minos Hairdressing - Lewisham 

The Linen Cupboard - Great Castle Street

How long before shops like this disappear from our High Street. Where we will buy our Egyptian cotton sheets (at very reasonable prices) and our "Household & Baby Linen"?


The Sir Cowasjee Jehangir Fountain – Regents Park – dated 1869

A plaque on the fountain states "This fountain was erected by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and the Cattle Trough Association was the gift of Sir Cowasjee Jehangir (Companion of the Star of India) a wealthy parsee gentleman of Bombay as a token of gratitude to the people of England for the protection enjoyed by him and his Parsee fellow countrymen under the British Rule in India."

How long can it survive the corrosive effects of the weather?

Coiffeur de Dames - Maida Vale

One for the ladies.

Book shops - Charring Cross Road

Who knows how long these book shops will last in Charring Cross Road due to the pressure from Soho’s ever expanding China Town and relentless globalisation of our high streets. Some book shops have already disappeared to be replaced by London’s limitless thirst for coffee shops.

Gaby’s Deli – 30 Charing Cross Road

This Kosher café is under threat of closure as the Marquess of Salisbury, the landlord, would rather get more money from a boring chain occupying the site. For the last 50 years the deli has been run by 72 year old, Baghdad-born, Gaby Elyahou who claims to have introduced the falafel to London. He has until August 2012 to save the business.

In praise of … Gaby's DeliGuardian 18 January 2012

Restaurant review: Gaby's Deli, LondonTelegraph 27 January 2012

Stars unite to save the falafels that fuelled theatreland - The Observer, Sunday 11 December 2011

Briggs - "Gentlemens Hairdresser" - 5 Ormond Yard, St James

 A Mayfair barber. Traditional haircuts for men as well as shaving and beard trims.


  1. A brilliant start to this part of your blog, these places should be listed and preserved in someway, with support coming from the Government to keep them going as best they can, they embody and reinforce many things that made these parts of London of London what they are now.

    Can't wait to see more of your 'finds'

  2. A great collection of images of the hidden London.

    The "My Tea Shop" at London Bridge is the most curious of places, I remember going in there one day around 3.30pm into an empty shop, sitting at a table and asking for a coffee and being asked by the person serving, what I wanted to eat, "Just a coffee please." I'm sorry" came the reply, "no drinks without food". Sadly can't see it surviving with that attitude.

    Just above this on approaching the London Bridge bus concourse were three other shops in 'arches', one was a dry cleaners, another a tailors, the other was Alan Brett Cannon, or ABC, a model train specialists, now if only that had survived!

    Lastly, the image of the closed, wet Punch and Judy tent, is as evocative of sadness as the great Tony Hancock film, 'The Punch and Judy Man'. Nice stuff.