The Rits

Mayfair – The One Hundred Acre Dowry

This is the story of how a dowry of a hundred acres of swampy land becomes posh Mayfair. Whilst I may not have heard a nightingale sing at Berkeley Square, I certainly find a reason to hear it sung in memory of a famous frequent diner at the Ritz Hotel. Read more at http://daytrips.caramelsalty.com/mayfair-the-one-hundred-acre-dowry/

Piccadilly – Christmas Time Around Fortnum and Mason

0 In 1886, Mr. Heinz disembarks at an English port. He has, with him, 5 heavy cases. He lugs them all the way to Piccadilly. There, the grocers Fortnum and […]

New Bond Street (Part Two) – License To Shop

0 200 years separate them. But both live only a wall apart from each other. One stuck to his long German style wig, whilst all around him wore the fashionable […]

New Bond Street (Part One) – The Spy Who Loved Shopping

0 My simple disguise is complete. Sunglasses on, I hoist a large brown bag onto my shoulder, allowing me to blend in with the hundreds of shoppers around. I pat […]

Oxford Street – Shop Till You Drop

0 A staggering half a million people visit Oxford Street every day. Closer to Christmas, it jumps to two million, or so it seems to me! But during Shakespeare’s time, […]

The South Bank (Part Three) – Blackfriars Bridge to Millennium Bridge

0 In 1715, bridges over the Thames were scarce. So an Irish actor named Thomas Doggett jumps on a river ferry to get him back to his residence in Chelsea. […]

The South Bank (Part Two) – Hungerford Bridge To Waterloo Bridge

0 It’s a story straight out of a James Bond movie. It’s 1978. A Bulgarian dissident writer stands at a bus stop at Waterloo Bridge. He feels a sharp pain […]

The South Bank (Part One) – Westminster Bridge To Hungerford Bridge

0 1500 years pass before a second bridge is built over the Thames in central London. Until then, London Bridge is the solitary bridge on this side of town since […]

Kensington Palace – A Carousel Of Kings and Queens

0 There are many movies and stories about the second longest reigning British monarch. She becomes Empress of India, may or may not have become Mrs. Brown, controversially befriends Abdul […]