January 11, 2020

There has been a church on this site for at least one thousand years and Southwark Cathedral is the oldest building in Southwark bearing witness to the comings and goings across London Bridge.  If you go inside you are in for a treat: from the memorial window to Southw...

November 18, 2019

Just around the corner from Trafalgar Square, St Martins is an enchanting place at the best of times but extra special at Christmas.  Why not drop in to the beautiful crypt for a coffee and whilst there buy some of your Christmas bits and pieces like charity cards and...

August 1, 2019

Yes, the grape vine at Hampton Court is in the Guinness Book of World records for being the oldest and largest productive vine in the world dating back to 1768, the reign of George III.  As you can see, the grapes are almost ripe enough to pick and this task is carried...

August 1, 2019

You can tell it's the school holidays because six scary looking dragons have arrived at Hampton Court!  They were part of the 'Here be Dragons' project at Kew in 2017 run by the children's programme Blue Peter. this one is called Scraps and has the power to rebuild him...

August 1, 2019

They dress like the Tudor cooks and they use the same ingredients too - it looks like Robin is starting to make a cup out of sugar paste which would have been eaten as a part of the Royal banquet after the feasting had finished!

May 29, 2019

The stage is being set up for the annual music festival at Hampton Court Palace. It's not too late to buy a ticket so go to www.hrp.org.uk to find out more about which artists are performing when.  Oh, and by the way, a new thing this year is to pre order a Fortnum & M...

May 29, 2019

This 'churgeon's or surgeon's chest is just one of many fascinating medical artefacts in the College's museum.  Many people don't realise that this museum is open to the public between 9-5, Monday - Friday.  Why not plan a visit and find out about the development of me...

April 3, 2019

Buckingham Palace is open to the public between 20 July and 29 September this year and if you decide to visit, you will learn how Queen Victoria made it the centre of the social, cultural and official life of the country.  A fascinating tale of the 60+ years of her rei...

March 30, 2019

I have just started researching a new tour around Southwark, the area between London and the Millennium bridges, and it is so historically fascinating, it will be hard to decide what to leave out!  Take this cathedral for a start.  Famous as the priory of St Mary Overi...

March 3, 2019

Turn into the insignificant Blue Ball Yard off St James' Street and you will find yourself in this enchanting courtyard - it used to be part of a Royal stable but the stables have been converted by the Stafford Hotel into guest bedrooms, each named after a famous horse...

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