[gallery] Aske’s Hospital, named after Robert Aske, was one of the earliest and grandest almshouses in Shoreditch. Almshouses were charitable associations providing housing; Robert Aske bequeathed the money to the Haberdashers’ Company in 1689. Now the surrounding buildings are private housing but in the 17th century the almshouses...

      [gallery] Holborn Viaduct Statues EC1As you cross Holborn Viaduct, make sure you keep an eye out for the sculptures. Representing Fine Art, Science, Agriculture, Commerce these impressive female figures were sculpted by Henry Bursill and Farmer and Brindley in 1868. The dragons and lions are pretty...

        [gallery] Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined Royal Academy 25 January - 6 April 2014 £14, concessions available. Walking into the main galleries, where so many blockbuster exhibitions have been held, I was struck by the fact the glass doors have been removed. you walk into the space...

          [gallery] The Lesser-known monument to The Great Fire of London 1666. Situated on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithfield (EC1A) the Golden Boy of Pye marks the spot where the fire stopped. Under the statue is a plaque that reads:“The boy at Pye Corner...

            [gallery] “My usual way home was over Blackfriars Bridge, and down that turning in the Blackfriars Road which has Rowland Hill’s chapel on one side and the likeness of a golden dog licking a golden pot over the shop door on the other” Charles Dickens (1812-1870)...

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