The City Hidden Garden

The City’s Best Hidden Garden

You probably wouldn't guess that London is one of the greenest cities in the world. But even discounting our huge Royal Parks, there are gorgeous green spaces hidden right under your nose, and my favourite is only a 10 minute walk from Bank Junction....

Memorial to 513 Barnardo's Children

East End’s Memorial to 513 Barnardo’s Children

On Monday 5 December a new monument was unveiled in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.   It honours the Dr Barnardo children, thought to number over 500, which were buried here between 1876 and 1924, but who couldn't afford to have headstones. Who was Dr Barnardo? Thomas Barnardo was studying medicine...

Heal's Spiral Staircase

Heal’s Spiral Staircase

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" oblique_section="no" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The famous Cecil Brewer Staircase at Heal’s Furniture Store is (according to Heal's) listed in 'Places To See In Your Lifetime'. It was designed in 1916 by the architect Cecil Brewer, cousin of Ambrose Heal who founded the furniture...

London's First Blue Plaque

London’s Oldest Blue Plaque

One of my favourite things about London is its Blue Plaques, in no other City are the planners so kind as to so frequently point out interesting people, events and buildings we should be aware of and 2016 marks their 150th anniversary.   History of Blue Plaques There are...