Stroll from Broadcasting House & Cavendish Square to Hyde Park Corner

After appearing on BBC 5Live I took a Sunday stroll through Central London to a WW1 memorial with special family significance. My walk starts at BBC Broadcasting House then passes through Cavendish Square where I explore the history and the architecture of the area. I continue down Wigmore Street past Wigmore Hall and the wonderful art deco splendour of the first Debenham department store at 33 Wigmore Street.

John Rogers at BBC 5Live Broadcasting House

Passing Marylebone Lane we see where the buried River Tyburn passes underground. I then went down St Christopher’s Place and Gee’s Passage and briefly along Oxford Street before turning up James St with a nod to Selfridge’s. Crossing Oxford Street I walk down Duke Street and take a look at the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company buildings around Lumley Street and Balderton Street. These are fine examples of Victorian ‘model dwellings’ built in the 1880s to provide good quality housing for working people. My next stop was the former U.S Embassy building on Grosvenor Square and then turned into Brook Street which took me to Hyde Park.

Machine Gun Corps Memorial Hyde Park Corner

I strolled along the wide paths revelling in the majestic autumn colours of the leaves. The focal point of my walk was the Memorial to the Machine Gun Corps who my grandfather, William Rogers, served with during the first world war. The memorial can be found on Hyde Park Corner near the Wellington Arch.

John Rogers at BBC Radio London at Broadcasting House

I then returned to Broadcasting House to talk about Welcome to New London on BBC Radio London.

Shepherd’s Bush and the history of UK Entertainment

A random reply to a tweet found me waiting for the person behind the Twitter account ‘Shepherd’s Bush Calling’ beside the war memorial on Shepherd’s Bush Green. I was then taken on a wonderful tour of a selection of the historical nuggets that place Shepherd’s Bush at the heart of the history of the 20th Century UK Entertainment Industry.

From the offices of Associated London Scripts – home to Spike Milligan, and Galton and Simpson among many other luminaries, then to Lime Grove Studios where Alfred Hitchcock shot some of his masterpieces and Doctor Who was later filmed. We admired the fine old music halls and cinemas on Shepherd’s Bush Green before surveying the wreckage of BBC TV Centre being converted into luxury flats.

Possibly my favourite moment though was not caught on camera, two elderly Syrian ladies picking water cress from the pond in Hammersmith Park which they were going to take home and put in sandwiches.

Massive thanks to Adrian for an enlightening tour of Shepherd’s Bush.