William the Conqueror’s plan for the Tower of London likely did not include its role as a tourist attraction – but he certainly meant for it to be a statement. Rising up on the north bank of the Thames, the complex has served as palace, prison, and residence.
I loved Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Secret Garden when I was growing up – and I still haven’t lost the dream of one day having my own walled garden.
Traditional images of England are of a ‘green and pleasant land’, filled with cosy cottages, polite people who are always saying ‘sorry’ when they’re not busy queuing up, rain constantly pelting or mizzling down, picturesque villages, stately homes, castles, beautiful dales and vales, and loads of history.
As the latest adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic stories, the BBC series Sherlock has put a new spin on the old tales and a new face to Sherlock Holmes in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch. London plays such a big part in the series that you’d think it was all filmed in the […]
The great urban myth is that Blackheath, London was named after pits of the dead buried there during the great plague of 1664 or the “Black Death” of the 14th century.
Although it has passed now, I wanted to acknowledge Valentine’s Day in this month’s post, and since I know not everyone is partnered off, I’m writing about one thing that almost everyone can appreciate (and not just on Valentine’s Day): chocolate!
Why would I show you photos of a former sewer pumping station? Because Crossness Pumping Station in London features ornamental cast ironwork from the Victorian era so spectacular it has to be seen to be believed.
The following is a guest post. Do you believe in ghosts? Britain has a well-deserved reputation of being the most haunted country in the world. On more than one occasion I have taken a skeptic American back to the land of my birth and visited places on this list and, on each and every occasion, […]
The following is a guest post. I love London. When I think about it I get all excited. There’s something dark and dangerous about London, in a Jack the Ripper and British history way; there is something hectic and buzzing about it, in a night out on the town in Soho and getting home on […]