Two illustrations by Ronald Saxby from The Book of Westminster, published in 1964. Above, Berwick Street, Soho, and below, Shepherd Market, Mayfair.



Extraordinary color photographs capture street scenes of Carnaby Street and King’s Road, London in 1966.


a London bookshelf, part 21

Former Metropolitan Police detective Robert Fabian (aka Fabian Of The Yard) published a revelatory exposé of Soho vice in 1954, titled London After Dark. Among much about prostitution, ‘dope’, ‘perverts’, black magic and general crime, all viewed via a full set of 1950s morals, are these atmospheric (uncredited) photos.

The Intrepid Fox instantly positions this as the corner of Peter Street and Wardour Street.

London After Dark by Robert Fabian was published by The Naldrett Press in 1954. A second hand copy will set you back about £10.

Here’s the Columbia (now Curzon) cinema and office block above in Shaftesbury Avenue looking clean and sparkly in 1964, five years after opening. The architects were Sir John Burnet, Tait and Partners. The possibility of Crossrail 2 means that it’s currently under threat. Photo: 

London Metropolitan Archives, City of London.