Professional football matches continued to be played throughout the 1914-1915 season, and only afterwards did many British professional footballers enlist. Many served in the 17th Batallion of the Middlesex Regiment- nicknamed the Footballer’s…

The flurry of patriotism during the conflict, however, also had a much darker consequence for many of London’s cinemas. From the war’s outbreak in August 1914, Germans and other ‘enemy aliens’ began to be purged from city life. Hundreds of Londoners,…

The West End’s commercial relationship with film began at the Regent Street Polytechnic in February 1896, when the Lumière Brothers' travelling showcase of the new ‘cinématographe’ arrived in London. Patrons described the display as “so complete that…

Whilst cinemas continued to fascinate audiences across Edwardian London, others raised concerns. For many moral campaigners, they were dimly-lit hubs for a host of vices and immoral activities- including the soliciting of prostitutes and even sex…

Although King George V had decreed that the Royal Household would be teetotal for the duration of the conflict, his subjects declined such abstemiousness and flocked to illicit drinking dens and night clubs. Despite the 1914 Defence of the Realm Act…

A newspaper article noted from 1914 that ‘No matter where you intend to go- seaside, country, or continent, you will find Selfridge’s can fit you out with just the things you want- and at “London’s lowest prices.”’ Established in 1909 by Harry Gordon…

World War I created stark austerity measures for the zoos of Britain. Almost two-thirds of male staff enlisted and the government turned to zoos to help fill this void left by horses. Despite these measures, the London zoo remained open and attracted…

Located in the remote mudflats of the river Medway in Kent, lies the last surviving German First World War U-Boat. It remains a rather gloomy, but historically fascinating site, as the gutted carcass of what once threatened Britain the most in the…

Fred Barnes spent the last few years of his life living by the Essex seaside - his career dwindling as he succumbed to alcoholism. Barnes’ lifestyle had well and truly caught up with him by the 1930s. His addiction to alcohol saw him turning up…