From the outside the British Museum looks like an old building worthy of its stature, but today I was heading for the museum’s centre. To the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. A wonder of what can be done with change and thought. For this is the largest covered square in Europe no less, 2 acres in size, must be seen with your own eyes to understand the scale I must say. Of course, thousands and thousands of visitors queue and enjoy the British Museum itself. Started in 1753 as the first National Museum in the world. Antiquities from all times...Read More
On a recent trip to London I was passing through Soho and had that sudden urge for chocolate. Now then there is everyday chocolate shopping…. and then there is Choccywoccydoodah chocolate! When in London it would have been rude not to The beginnings of this chocolate treasure trove came about in Brighton, where the first shop is. Famously the two Christines, Taylor and Garratt acquired a shop there. Not knowing what to do with it they drank (perhaps lots) of gin. Chocolate cakes was the idea coming from that bottle of gin and more tellingly so was the name, Choccywoccydoodah! Since...Read More
Now then, how well do you think you know the sights of London? Some of you may live there, some of you may have travelled there and some of you may think you could recognise the landmarks easily! But do you know them really? London is, after all, the tourist capital that had people from outside Britain numbering over 17 million last year. But of course it is a getaway for people all around the UK too. Millions more are making their way to London for the breathtaking array of history, culture, architecture, shopping, entertainment, parks, cuisine and much...Read More
I recently visited a pocket of London that remains wonderfully ‘wild’. A ‘secret’ woodland that delights local people and visitors alike. Locals have named them Southwark Woods – referring to an area of trees, wildflower lanes and common ground where nature has taken hold around Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries in Honour Oak, London. For a city where beautiful parks are usually kept neatly under control; this woodland has been left to grow ‘untamed’ around an old cemetery, untouched for many, many years. Here there are no manicured lawns or structured floral borders; this is a wild place –...Read More
If ever in the East End of London and want to take in some great atmosphere walking the streets outdoors then I highly recommend a stroll along Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets. A fantastic mix of culture, food, creativity, vibrancy and more. The Brick Lane and Shoreditch areas have fast become my favourite parts of London to explore lately. So many pictures taken, so much seen and learnt already and more visits to come for sure.. Will start with a leisurely walk along Brick Lane.. This part of London has seen so many changes throughout the centuries. It is of course a lane...Read More
I was down in London recently and had the absolute pleasure of spending a couple of nights courtesy of Andaz Liverpool Street.. In the five star boutique hotel that proved to be a perfect location also for access to some of my favourite parts of the capital. A short walk one way you can be in the heart of Shoreditch, wandering the delights of Brick Lane, savouring a unique market or discovering some classic street art. Or just a short walk south you can be at the banks of the Thames, by the Tower of London, with Tower Bridge one...Read More
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