Imre Kiralfy, the man behind White City

In 1900 the northern part of Shepherd’s Bush in west London was farmland and brick fields. The driving force behind the development of this area, now known as White City, was Imre Kiralfy, a Hungarian impresario and entrepeneur. Kiralfy was already in his sixties when he led the construction of the Great White City. It […]

Beyond Dorando Pietri: some other heroes of the 1908 Olympics at White City

The U.K. hosted the Olympics in 1908 at White City in West London. Announcements were made by a toastmaster with a huge loudhailer; the stadium swimming pool was unheated; and the judges were all British! That said, this was the first-ever Olympics with a purpose-built stadium and there were more women competitors than ever before. […]