How to visit Buckingham Palace all year!

How to visit Buckingham Palace all year!

Think you can only visit the interior of Buckingham Palace during the summer months?   Wrong...   You can visit The Queen's Gallery all year round!  It may not have the magnificence of the State Rooms, but it's actually inside the Palace and shows artworks from the Queen's vast 'Royal Collection'!  Yes, it's a privately [...]

Chinatown and Chinese New Year in London

Chinatown and Chinese New Year in London

The heart of Chinatown is Gerrard Street.  Here, we have a fusion of Hong Kong and mainland China in the centre of London!  In 2018, Chinese New Year is on 16 February and the main public celebrations will take place on Sunday 18 February.  2018 will be the year of the dog!  Hundreds of thousands [...]

Top 5 restaurants in London

Top 5 restaurants in London

Here is a selection of 5 restaurants, from the hundreds in London - representing our most memorable meals of the past year. We hope you enjoy them too! George and Vulture – for the heritage It’s original, very English, impossible to find and you can sit where Charles Dickens sat! It appears that not much [...]

The London ancestral home of Princess Diana

The London ancestral home of Princess Diana

We took a tour last week of Spencer House in central London.   Spencer House was built by John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer; an ancestor of Princess Diana!   The family still own the freehold, but the meticulous refurbishment is down to Jacob, Lord Rothschild, of the banking dynasty, undertaken during the 1980’s.   If you’re after seeing [...]

A Roman god returns, courtesy of Bloomberg!

A Roman god returns, courtesy of Bloomberg!

Back from a visit to the reconstructed 'Temple of Mithras' in London - an original Roman temple from around 250 AD!  A blow away experience of sound, light and atmospheric effects.  Followers believed the god was responsible for the cosmos and male fertility - so a pretty important deity in Roman times!  Also on display [...]

A Wren in Westminster

A Wren in Westminster

Behind a wall to the north of The Mall is a house built in 1711 for the 1st Duke of Marlborough - the same 1st Duke of Blenheim Palace. This was his London home!  The architect was Christopher Wren - who also designed St Paul's Cathedral in the City.  'Brick and stone trimmings he called [...]

Somerset House – neoclassical skating!

Somerset House – neoclassical skating!

We joined a tour of Somerset House in central London recently.  Here’s how it went. Somerset House was built by the Duke of Somerset and protector to the young Edward 6th in the later 1500’s – on land occupying a Tudor palace. Subsequently used by the Danish Queen of James 1st but then sadly burned [...]

Pelicans in the park!

Pelicans in the park!

Three royal pelicans in the centre of autumn London today! There have been pelicans in St James's Park since 1664. It's Charles 2nd's influence again! Such tranquility in central London - that's Buckingham Palace in the distance. Tip: visit between 2.30pm and 3.00pm each day and see them fed fresh fish - at the far [...]

Codebreaking at Bletchley Park

Codebreaking at Bletchley Park

Back from a fascinating (and technically mind boggling!) visit to Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes.  It's about an hour from London.    Featured in the film 'The Imitation Game', this was where the enemy codes and ciphers (Enigma and then Lorenz) were broken during World War Two.   See the early computing machines that did [...]

Westminster Abbey evensong service

Westminster Abbey evensong service

The west towers of Westminster Abbey were built in 1745 as an addition to the medieval Abbey. Here is where all British monarchs (except two) have been crowned since 1066. And it's the burial place of many too. You can visit most days but check the website. Tip: attend any weekday evensong service at 5pm [...]