Feeding the Imperial Capital, Feeding a Multicultural United Kingdom: A Century of Veeraswamy

  On Regent’s Street, nestled between an empanada restaurant and an upscale perfumery, lies a small entranceway into a cavernous Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy. The flag outside advertises “1926-2016,” and its entrance is decorated with photos from its near-century of operation. Veeraswamy’s story is long and interwoven with London’s. This paper aims to interrogate one thread

Statues of Sir Hans Sloane

Some have dismissed the importance of “these ‘dead’ statues whose identities are known to few today had slaving interests” (Dresser, 2007, pp. 169), highlighting that imperial statues are often remnants of a forgotten past, stuck stranded in the present, that the general public remains ignorant to (Cherry, 2006, pp. 661 and 662 and 664). Yet,

Uber and black cabs

Semiotics is the “study or science of signs” and their role as transmitters of meaning in culture (Hall, 1997). Hall argues that although signs do not have meanings in themselves, they are vehicles which carry meaning and operate as symbols which represent meanings we want to communicate. A semiotic analysis evaluates how signifiers construct and

How and why does the historic Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club utilise the Age of Jazz’s (1919 – 1929) distinct social, racial and spatial conditions to attract new consumers?

Introduction ‘The Original Dixieland Jazz Band has landed in London’ says an evening paper. We are grateful for the warning”.  Punch, 16 April 1919 The arrival of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (ODJB) in 1919 provides a convenient starting point for the ‘Age of Jazz’ in London and, specifically, Soho (Parsonage, 2002). Almost 100 years