Collected writings from the past fifteen or so years, including many published by Centre for London and OnLondon.

(Apologies for slightly glitchy formatting in some of the older posts, which went awry when I imported from Blogger. You’ll get the gist.)

Living in The City

It is an unlikely proposition on the face of it – a new block to house 644 students nestled among the polished steel and plate glass of corporate lawyers’ and consultants’ offices on High Holborn, just opposite … Continue reading “Living in The City”

Level 22

While we wait for the forever-delayed Levelling Up White Paper, a “levelling up mindset” is starting to take hold across Whitehall. Just before Christmas newspaper reports suggested that the latest Department for Work and Pensions review would … Continue reading “Level 22”


I’ve been enjoying Kaptin Barrett’s playlist, Now That’s What I Call A Renaissance Christmas, filled with old and new interpretations of Christmas carols from 1400-1600. There is something quite otherwordly about the older carols. It is partly … Continue reading “Noel!”

Richard Rogers

“Did you really just tell Richard Rogers to buy you a pint of Guinness? Do you even know who you’re talking to?” my partner Alex said down the phone. It was 2001, and I was following Richard … Continue reading “Richard Rogers”


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