Memorials to WW2 firefighters unveiled at site of former fire station at Rathbone Street

Two memorial plaques commemorating members of the Auxillary Fire Service have now been unveiled on the site of a former fire station in Rathbone Street this month, following a memorial service held earlier this year. AFS London plaque next to 7-9 Rathbone Street remembers the seven firefighters who died in 1940, and the bravery of …

Firefighters and police commemorate Auxiliary Fire Service personnel at Rathbone Street

A small memorial ceremony took place in Rathbone Street last week to mark 80 years to the day since firefighters from the Auxillary Fire Service were killed in a night of intense bombing during World War 2. The ceremony also paid tribute to the bravery of one of the survivors who acted quickly to save …

Must we kiss goodbye to Rathbone Street’s young lady of the night?

Painting of woman at window.

Above the Newman Arms pub in Rathbone Street there is a bricked up window with a picture of a young woman. In the painting she can be seen in a nightdress and little cap which partly covers her long red hair. She peers down onto the street below with her bare arms resting against the horizontal …

A taste of Cornwall comes to famous Rathbone Street pub

Front of historic pub.

The Newman Arms, on the corner of Rathbone Street and Newman Passage, has a fascinating history, and it is just entering a new and exciting chapter. It became a pub in 1860 after previous stints as a candle-makers, an ironmongers, a picture-framers and a brothel. In recent years an image of an old-fashioned prostitute was …

Newman Arms aka ‘the proles pub’ bought by Shaftesbury plc

Front of public house.

A pub where George Orwell used to drink and is widely assumed to be the setting for the proles pub in his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four has been bought by West End property owners Shaftesbury plc who say they will continue to operate it as a public house. The pub has been closed since the beginning of the …