The ghosts of Tower Hill

Tower Hill is an open area of raised land just north of the Tower of London.   During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was the execution site for those incarcerated in the Tower in London.  It's believed around 125 people were executed, mostly by beheading.   At this time, only a few people (with Royal or [...]

Hidden alleyways in the City of London

In the very heart of the City of London (the historic ‘square mile’) is a labyrinth of hidden alleyways connecting coffee houses, wine lodges, restaurants and churches.    If you’re visiting London, it’s a must-see! This short guide will direct you through the area.    You might lose your bearings but it’s relatively compact - [...]

The site of the world’s first national postal service

This post describes a group of buildings near 'Cheapside' in the City of London; an area well-known as being associated with medieval London.   The area is also the site of the world's first national postal service that was established in the early part of the eighteenth century. The Royal Mail was originally established in Tudor [...]

The best place to watch the Lord Mayor’s Show!

It’s time to plan your itinerary for the oldest and grandest civic procession in the world, taking place in London on Saturday 10 November 2018.   This is the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London.   Knowing the best place to watch the Lord Mayor’s Show will add to your enjoyment! The show can trace [...]

The site of London’s Roman Forum!

Discover the site of London's Roman Forum - and the secrets of the Victorian Leadenhall Market today!   Designed and created by Sir Horace Jones in 1881, Leadenhall Market is one of the three markets he built for the City of London.  It was built on the site of the Roman Basilica and Forum (some ruins [...]

The City of London Guildhall – the grandmother of all parliaments!

That’s what Margaret Thatcher called the City of London Guildhall - in comparison to the United Kingdom's national parliament; itself often called the mother of all parliaments. Near Gresham Street in the City of London (the City), the Guildhall has been the centre of municipal government in the City since medieval times. In fact, it [...]

The Blitz of London – after the ‘Darkest Hour’

The ‘Darkest Hour’; directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill is an account of Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister, machinations in 'Whitehall' and the Dunkirk evacuation.  The film is set over one month in May 1940.  It concludes with success at Dunkirk and Britain resolved to stand strong over Nazi [...]

A Roman god returns, courtesy of Bloomberg!

Back from a visit to the reconstructed 'Temple of Mithras' in London - an original Roman temple from around 250 AD!  A blow away experience of sound, light and atmospheric effects.  Followers believed the god was responsible for the cosmos and male fertility - so a pretty important deity in Roman times!  Also on display [...]

The baptism of William Penn and marriage of John Quincy Adams

You cannot fail to be enthralled by All Hallows by the Tower. It is the oldest church in the City of London! It was founded by the Abbey of Barking in 675 AD – yes that’s 300 years before the Tower of London was built! It’s a fabulous church to participate in a traditional English [...]

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

Don't miss seeing the Lord Mayor of the City of London fire up the Christmas lights for 2018 on Friday 16th November at 6 pm.     This year, Christmas at Leadenhall market is done to live choral music.     There will be plenty of music and entertainment from 5pm to 9pm.   Leadenhall Market is a restored [...]