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Lines away from the Strand

In 1982, when I was seventeen, I was called to interview at King’s College.  I didn’t go there for my English degree in the end, but the trip to London that day was one of many I made as a teenager, often alone.  I was obsessed with art and the theatre, with the culture of the capital. It was such ...
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Lower Fees for Degrees!

Lower Fees for Degrees by Clare Brant
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Sockmob Walking Tour

On Wednesday last week I was given a new perspective on the Strand area. Certainly I had walked its lines before: I had been to Temple tube station, the arches under the Adelphi, Embankment Park, the Cole Hole, and Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Yet, I shall now look these familiar places and spaces differently: they have been enriched by the stories ...
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No Sleeping on the Strand

No Sleeping on the Strand by Hope Wolf
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Panoramas, Dress Circles and Tubes

In 1787 Robert Barker put a patent on a way of seeing: ‘panorama’. It is said that he came upon the term when surveying the city of Edinburgh from the top of Calton Hill. Moving to London, Barker reconstructed 360 degree views in a Leicester Square art gallery; an initiative mimicked by his son on the Strand in 1801. In ...
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Strand Shops (1953)

These shops stand on the site of the current King's College Strand Building (completed in 1972). These shops stand on the site of the current King's College Strand Building (completed in 1972). © King's College London Archives
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King's College Strand Building Under Construction (completed 1972)

King's College Strand Building Under Construction (completed 1972) © King's College London Archives
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Odhams Walk

The Academy for Sustainable Communities has produced a video about the history of Odham's Walk. Click on 'video' to view it.
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Ford Madox Ford on the Strand in the nineteenth century

The Strand figures twice in Ford Madox Ford’s reminiscences about his pre-Raphaelite relations, Ancient Lights (London: Chapman and Hall, 1911). First in this passage which is revealing about the different experiences of place in different generations: I was talking the other day to a woman of position when she told me that her daughters were immeasurably freer than she had ...
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