The Saatchi Gallery in London’s King’s Road

The Saatchi Gallery in London’s King’s Road

The Saatchi gallery is one of London’s premier contemporary art galleries.   It is based in an impressive Grade 2* listed building opened in 1801 as a school for children of soldiers’ widows.   From 1892 it served as the Duke of York’s Military School and in 1911 was re-named the Duke of York’s Barracks and became [...]

The Wallace Collection – an opulent townhouse and museum of art

The Wallace Collection – an opulent townhouse and museum of art

Hertford House The Wallace Collection is a national museum of fine art.  It is based in Hertford House, an original London townhouse from the 18th century and one of the best art museums in London, off the beaten track.  The museum is situated in Manchester Square, just north of Oxford Street and has a stunning [...]

Chinatown and Chinese New Year in London

Chinatown and Chinese New Year in London

The heart of Chinatown is Gerrard Street.  Here, we have a fusion of Hong Kong and mainland China in the centre of London!    In 2019, Chinese New Year is on 5 February and the main public celebrations will take place on Sunday 10 February.    2019 will be the year of the pig.    [...]

New York City at Christmas

New York City at Christmas

Brits going the other way for this post!   Here are six walks (with various visits and meals along the way) highlighting some of the must-see sights of New York City at Christmas. One: Central Park (Uptown) Two: the Historic Metropolis  (Downtown) Three: World Trade Center Memorial (Downtown) Four: Little Italy and Chinatown (Midtown) Five: 42nd [...]

London Jazz Festival 2018

London Jazz Festival 2018

The London Jazz Festival is in full swing!    We took in the world famous Jeff Watts trio with celebrated guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on Tuesday evening (main photo).   A great evening of free flowing modern jazz and food at Pizza Express in Soho. The festival continues in London to Sunday 25 November.   The big performers [...]

London commemorates the Centenary of the Armistice

London commemorates the Centenary of the Armistice

This year, Britain’s Remembrance Sunday coincides with the Centenary of the Armistice, marking the end of World War I.    Events will take place throughout the country on Sunday 11th November.    In London, commemorations will concentrate on Whitehall and at the Cenotaph monument.  As is traditional we will remember the fallen in all conflicts. [...]

Christmas services at Westminster Abbey

Christmas services at Westminster Abbey

If you’re in London during December you might want to participate in one of the Christmas services taking place in Westminster Abbey.    Dates have recently been announced.    Services, which are free and require no booking, commence on 2nd December, then the 16th and throughout the Christmas period.    This is a unique experience [...]

The hidden streets of Barcelona; Raval

The hidden streets of Barcelona; Raval

Among the most popular of European city breaks is Barcelona.   Its mild climate, vibrant culture and quick (and inexpensive) flights make it a perfect weekend trip from London. Many visitors are familiar with the popular areas of La Rambla, Place de Catalunya, Park Guell and Diagonal.   But visitors shouldn’t miss the historic area around the [...]

The NFL season arrives in London!

The NFL season arrives in London!

London partied in Piccadilly yesterday to launch the NFL season in the UK.   America's National Football League consists of 32 teams.   The exciting thing is that six of the teams will play in London during 2018/19.   The results all going forward to the American league – so we’re guaranteed some fireworks, both on and off [...]

HMS Belfast – a Royal Navy cruiser in the ‘Pool of London’

HMS Belfast – a Royal Navy cruiser in the ‘Pool of London’

Continuing the naval theme of the previous post on the Mary Rose, here is something far more recent.   A time capsule from World War II and a reminder of the debt we owe to servicemen - as well as a great adventure for kids.  Being in central London and with elevated views over the City [...]