At home with William Morris: artist, interior designer, socialist – and all-round good egg

The William Morris Gallery is one of those venues in London which makes you wonder, when you finally get there, what took you so long. I knew a little about its namesake, William Morris, before my visit: could have told you that he was a designer and identified some of his designs; was aware, also, … Continue reading At home with William Morris: artist, interior designer, socialist – and all-round good egg

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In search of the founding father of Methodism (I didn’t have to travel far; turns out he lived virtually next door)

Just a short bus ride away from where I live, in bustling Old Street, lies the building now known as Wesley’s Chapel – a Methodist church built by the influential preacher John Wesley. Still a working chapel, visitors are made very welcome and warmly encouraged also to visit The Museum of Methodism and John Wesley’s … Continue reading In search of the founding father of Methodism (I didn’t have to travel far; turns out he lived virtually next door)

Greenwood: where food and sport come together in perfect harmony

Proving that you really never can have too much of a good thing, the very next day after visiting Hai Cenato I found myself back in the new foodies’ paradise that is Create Victoria. The thing is, it’s just so convenient – just stumble out of Victoria tube station and there it is, directly in … Continue reading Greenwood: where food and sport come together in perfect harmony

At home with Charles, Camilla – and a veritable menagerie: what life inside Clarence House is really like

“You’ll see that this is very much a family house”, observed our guide at the beginning of our tour – and on balance, I’d have to say that she was right. Clarence House has a lived-in, cosy feel that you can’t imagine in somewhere like Buckingham Palace. That said, on the tour we only saw … Continue reading At home with Charles, Camilla – and a veritable menagerie: what life inside Clarence House is really like

Visiting the new foodies’ paradise that is Victoria…with some unexpected results

Back in the day, central London's Victoria was a veritable wilderness when it came to entertainment – be it eating, drinking, shopping...you were likely to be disappointed. I used to work just down the road, in Westminster, and remember well the disillusioned faces of tourists trudging down Victoria Street, weary from their tours of the … Continue reading Visiting the new foodies’ paradise that is Victoria…with some unexpected results

Murder, mayhem and an unexpected brush with fashion royalty: how the City of London Police Museum is full of surprises

The City of London Police has been responsible for policing London’s famous Square Mile since 1839. The smallest police district in the world, it also has its very Museum – the subject of this post. I’ll be honest: when a friend recommended the Museum to me, I couldn’t see the attraction. Could not, to be … Continue reading Murder, mayhem and an unexpected brush with fashion royalty: how the City of London Police Museum is full of surprises

Lunch at the UK’s first organic gastropub turns out to be an experience second to none

“Bit of a mouthful, isn’t it?” commented my friend. Luckily, Claire wasn’t referring to the delicious food which at that very moment we were tucking into, but to the name of the establishment in which we found ourselves upon this sunny Saturday. And she was right: 'Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge' doesn’t exactly roll … Continue reading Lunch at the UK’s first organic gastropub turns out to be an experience second to none

An evening with ‘Mrs Orwell’ proves unexpectedly moving

Tonight’s outing to The Old Red Lion Theatre served as the perfect reminder as to why I frequent the Off West End theatres far more than their West End counterparts. And I’m not referring to the cost of the tickets – although it goes without saying that the ‘Offies’ are far cheaper. No, it’s the … Continue reading An evening with ‘Mrs Orwell’ proves unexpectedly moving