Remembering the founding father of London history at the John Stow Quill Ceremony

Today, I had the honour of attending the John Stow Quill Ceremony at St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London. A renowned author, historian and antiquarian: we Londoners owe much to John Stow, as was acknowledged in this very special ceremony. But first, who was this man whose legacy endures to this day and who … Continue reading Remembering the founding father of London history at the John Stow Quill Ceremony

A visit to 18 Stafford Terrace: family home and Victorian treasure trove

Earlier today, I went on a fascinating tour of 18 Stafford Terrace with the London Historians. This charming late Victorian house, a stone’s throw from Kensington High Street, was once home to Edward Linley Sambourne and his family, prominent and artistic members of Victorian society. The house – and its neighbours – was built in … Continue reading A visit to 18 Stafford Terrace: family home and Victorian treasure trove

Elizabethan Islington: from talking the talk, to walking the walk

My goodness me: Islington and its neighbours continue to surprise & delight when it comes to their Tudor history and connections to esteemed Tudor personages. Having attended an excellent talk on Elizabethan Islington last Tuesday, today I joined a guided tour with the same theme which began in Islington but also encompassed Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Smithfield … Continue reading Elizabethan Islington: from talking the talk, to walking the walk

Chilling yet compelling: my thoughts on Arthur Miller’s ‘Incident at Vichy’

I knew very little about ‘Incident at Vichy’ before I went to see it today. It’s not one of Arthur Miller’s better-known plays, nor is it performed all that often – this is the first professional production to grace the London stage in over 50 years. I have absolutely no idea why that is. To … Continue reading Chilling yet compelling: my thoughts on Arthur Miller’s ‘Incident at Vichy’

An abundance of talent in evidence at London’s historic Wigmore Hall

Earlier today, I was privileged to attend an YCAT Concert at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall. “YCAT” stands for Young Classical Artists Trust and is a UK charity founded in 1984 that builds the careers of emerging classical artists. The Trust selects artists who show international potential and provides them with sustained, intensive guidance, bespoke artist … Continue reading An abundance of talent in evidence at London’s historic Wigmore Hall

‘Prophecy’ author S.J. Parris in conversation with Tudor historian Tracy Borman

Tonight, I attended a special event organised by Cityread London 2017: a conversation between S.J. Parris, author of ‘Prophecy’ (this year’s Cityread London reading choice) and Tracy Borman, historian and author of ‘The Private Lives of the Tudors’, which I wrote about a few months ago. There could have been no better venue for this … Continue reading ‘Prophecy’ author S.J. Parris in conversation with Tudor historian Tracy Borman

A talk on Elizabethan Islington reveals a whole new side to this fascinating part of London

I’ve lived in Islington for over ten years, but have never really associated it with the Tudors, interested though I am in that era. So I was intrigued to hear that a talk called ‘Elizabethan Islington’ was being given at Finsbury Library, as part of Cityread Week 2017, which is celebrating SJ Parris’s novel ‘Prophecy’, … Continue reading A talk on Elizabethan Islington reveals a whole new side to this fascinating part of London

A rare glimpse into the St Alfege Crypt, in Greenwich, opens up a whole world of history

I adore Greenwich. It’s one of those character-filled parts of London that has everything: history, great restaurants, beautiful architecture, excellent museums, quirky tea shops, riverside views...you name it, there is something for everyone. It is also proud home to St Alfege Church, which I visited earlier today and whose history is both unique and enthralling: … Continue reading A rare glimpse into the St Alfege Crypt, in Greenwich, opens up a whole world of history