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October 21, 2019

St Dunstan in the East 

Most Londoners will know that through its long existence, the City of London has suffered great catastrophes. The most well known of these are the Great Fire of London of 1666 and the Blitz of 1940/41. Both of these events caused appalling damage...

October 21, 2019

Trajan's Column in the Cast Courts.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is a remarkable treasure house. Initially designed to show off many of the exhibits that had featured in the Great Exhibition of 1851. The present building was completed in 1909 and it is, according to t...

January 11, 2019

Queen Anne outside St Paul's Cathedral. 

Outside St Paul’s Cathedral stands a statue of until very recently, one of Britain’s less well known monarchs. Following the recent film release “The Favourite”,  Queen Anne has become the subject of renewed interest. 

A brie...

April 10, 2018

Inigo Jones magnificent Banqueting House on Whitehall.  Note the weather vane  top left.

About halfway along Whitehall, opposite Horseguards stands an architectural gem and the venue at which two great events that changed the course of British history took place. T...

March 15, 2018

The Victorian reproduction of the Eleanor Cross outside Charing Cross Station.

When Charing Cross is mentioned, most people will tell you that name relates to the railway station of the same name, or the vague area near the junction of the Strand and Trafalgar Square....

March 1, 2018

The enigmatic Stonehenge. 

Over the last week an article in the Times Newspaper reported that a recent academic, genetic study had revealed that the British Isles appears to have been "overrun" by an invading group of people from the Eastern European steppe around 4300...

February 20, 2018

Nicholas Hawksmoor's baroque masterpiece, Christ Church, Spitalfields.

The accolade, London's most important architect, would I think, be won convincingly by Sir Christopher Wren. His contribution was so important to the regeneration of London following the Great Fire....