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Sectional perspective showing the court of 180 Strand as a roof garden, Frederick Gibberd and Partners, London, AJ Buildings Library (1976)

Arundel Great Court: between redevelopment and conservation

180 Strand, the remaining part of the former Arundel Great Court, is located between Somerset House and the Inner Temple. Constructed between 1971 and 1976 the building stands as a brutalist landmark in the heart of the Strand. Once a multi-use office space, now an art and fashion hub, the site will soon be redeveloped and transformed. Medieval beginnings Arundel ...
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#MyStrand: Brian, Platform Staff at Charing Cross

My name is Brian and my job on the Strand is Platform Staff at London Charing Cross. I have been working on the railway since July 2010, so almost 10 years. My time of work varies each week. I do a 3 shift work pattern doing 6am - 2pm, 2pm - 10pm, or 10pm - 6am so it can be ...
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The National Gallery and St Martins-in-the-fields. CON_B04092_F001_004. The Courtauld Institute of Art. CC-BY-NC.

Repost from Courtauld Digital Media: Pictures of London in the Age of Social Media

Editors’ note: The Strandlines editors are always scouring for news and research about the Strand area. Below we’re delighted to be sharing a short extract from ‘The Strand Statues’, a piece by Ruby Gaffney, a Courtauld Connects Digitisation Placement student. Thank you to the Courtauld Digitisation team for allowing us to share. The Courtauld Connects Digitisation project – part-funded by ...
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Stan Todd, helmsman on the RNLI Tower pier.

Life and Work on the Tower RNLI Lifeboat Pier

Anyone who has crossed the Waterloo bridge might have noticed the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Pier, on the north side of the Thames. This is the busiest lifeboat station in the United-Kingdom. Left: Tower RNLI Lifeboat Pier (11/09/18). Right (02/02/2020). Both via @towerrnli on Instagram. I spoke to Stan Todd, a full-time helmsman on the station, and looked over archive ...
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Image: Laurie Wiegler with her mother, Kathleen Leonard


This is where Samuel Johnson first inspired me Where I discovered the Queen Victoria statue unexpectedly Devoured small tuna sandwiches with cucumber And realized one night, mournfully, I was too old to join the fun at the pub. It’s where I left my laptop at a café while eating lunch one day, Scurrying back to find they had it behind ...
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Strand Series (40) Dan Kirmatzis 2020

Dan Kirmatzis: Strand series

The Strandlines team periodically check in on photos tagged to the Strand (and surrounding areas) on Instagram and Twitter. We came across Dan Kirmatzis's work on Instagram. A huge thanks to Dan for so generously sharing his photographs and insights into his inspiration and processes.   "Although I take many photos in the street genre style, I would describe myself ...
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Detail of the 1963 London Underground map, showing Aldwych tube station as a branch of the Piccadilly Line.

Aldwych: a not so abandoned station just below us

The Aldwych underground station on the junction between the Strand and Surrey Street has been closed for nearly thirty years. This lonely station, that stands at the place of the former Royal Strand Theatre, was part of a one-station branch of the Piccadilly line that connected to Holborn station.  This short back-and-forth shuttle service to Holborn, a journey that only ...
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Class of 2020: Graduating From a Distance

A common epithet to describe the coronavirus has been “the invisible enemy”. Not only does the use of the chosen adjective, 'invisible', hint at the nature of a biological threat, but it also perpetuates an understanding of the virus as an abstraction, this other-worldly description questions its reality. King's Strand Campus, photo by Sarah Mir. In a swift four and ...
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Stargazing from centuries gone by

In the 18th century, the Philosophical Transactions journal (then a relatively new publication) preserved several accounts of astronomical events as observed from the Strand. The Royal Society of London provided James Short, "from the College at Edinburgh", this platform to publish his observations. In the Philosophical Transactions database Short's name appears thirty-four times. Of these, fourteen are either observations from ...
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