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Bentham’s all-seeing auto-icon

Bentham’s skeletal “auto-icon” watches students in UCL’s hallways. In life Bentham believed that surveillance could make us behave better. His dream of a Panopticon penitentiary was never realised. Instead he became the first man to campaign against transportation to Australia.

Pentonville: the failed prison experiment

When Pentonville “Model” Prison opened its doors in 1842 it was a great carceral experiment. One which turned its human guinea pigs insane spending 24 hours a day in total solitary confinement.

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The Branch Hill Estate: Spedan Close, London, NW3 7XF

One of a number of distinguished housing estates created by Camden Council in the 1960s and 70s and commonly regarded as some of the finest council housing in the land, now Grade II-listed.

Button’s Coffee House: a new way to socialise (coffee trail 3)

Home to London’s wits, Button’s Coffee House held a vision for a new way to socialise and the improvement of society via the ideal coffeehouse. To achieve it, they enlisted the help of a lion to root out the city’s misdemeanours.