The South Bank – Westminster Bridge To Hungerford Bridge

It takes over 1500 years before a second bridge is built over the Thames in central London. Till then, London Bridge is the solitary bridge on this side of town […]

Walthamstow Village – Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Its 1720. Mr Jacobson has just settled down in his elegant home in Walthamstow to read the latest headlines about the spectacular burst of the South Sea bubble. A wealthy […]

Kensington Palace – A Carousel Of Kings and Queens

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 Karim, […]

Kensington Palace Gardens – A Royal Garden Born From A Glorious Revolution

William the III of Orange sails over in 1688 with an armada 4 times larger than the Spanish one in 1588. A rather provocative entourage for one who has been […]

Harrow – Rayner’s Lane To Ickenham Through Willow Trees

The willow tree is my idea of a gardener’s dream plant. By simply sticking a twig in the ground, a tree will grow. It’s also where aspirin was derived from. […]

Holland Park – Party in the Park

My mission the other day to discover the Dutch origins of Holland Park got no further than spotting some tulips in pots and gardens. Pretty as they were, they weren’t […]

Holland Park – A Fashionable Neighbourhood

Living just down the road from Holland Park, it has always intrigued me as to why this little corner of London has a name synonymous with the Netherlands, which I […]

Hampstead Heath – A Wander Around The Heath To Kenwood House

I read somewhere that Hampstead Heath is so magical that when C.S. Lewis was walking in the snow there and spots an old-fashioned lamp, he comes up with the idea […]