London’s most fascinating district – Whitechapel

Following the previous post on Spitalfields, we explore the neighbouring area of Whitechapel – starting with one of its most notorious characters. The Whitechapel Murders These murders, assumed to be the horrific deeds of ‘Jack the Ripper’ shocked London and the world.   The murders happened over three months in the autumn of 1888.   And today, [...]

A weekend in medieval Girona

Girona is an historic city in Catalonia in north eastern Spain, close to the Costa Brava and Barcelona.   It has a warm climate, a fascinating history and fine restaurants.   And the city is served by an international airport with frequent, quick and inexpensive flights from London.   All these factors make it ideal for a short break! [...]

A self-guided walk in Spitalfields, London

Spitalfields is in the east end of London and very close to the City of London (financial district).   Its been the traditional first stop in Britain for immigrants, going back to the 1600’s and has had its share of poverty and destitution.   However, today the area is a melting pot of the creative industries, street [...]

London’s second ‘City’ – Canary Wharf in Docklands

Canary Wharf is the name of the second financial district for London.   It is situated about three miles to the east of the ‘City of London’ in the former London Docklands.   The addition of Canary Wharf was to provide additional capacity for the ‘City’ – a top-ten world economy, if it were a country in [...]

Guide to Belgravia – and its pubs! (Part 2)

In the previous post we gave an overview of this historical area.  We continue in this post - and take in the next four pubs! Foreign embassy capital Belgrave Square is home to around twenty foreign embassies; among them Norway, Spain, Germany, Austria, Brunei, Portugal, Bahrain, Turkey, Argentina, Mexico and the Ivory Coast.  In the [...]

Dining in Georgian times, live!

Dinner among the wealthy during Georgian times was an affair not to be missed! Not only the food, but the dress, entertainment and music too. It was the heaviest and most complex meal of the day; that could take up to three hours to conclude.  Wine was common (that is until imports were curbed due [...]

3 American bars in London you won’t want to miss!

American Bar at the Savoy Hotel We’ll start with arguably the most famous of the American bars in London. And one of the earliest to sell ‘American-style’ cocktails to the British public. As you enter the front reception lounge, turn left and head upstairs to the bar. It’s been frequented by all the great and [...]

5 experiences Londoners keep to themselves!

Here are 5 experiences that take you away from fellow tourists – giving you the London vibe that locals seek. We’ve chosen places that are all located in central London – so easy to reach and not requiring any special travel arrangements. 1 Friday late at the V&A On the first Friday of each month, [...]

M&M’s World and the LEGO Store in London – payback time for the kids!

Granted, this website is about 'cultural and historical' sights - but I think the occasional exception is okay - particularly for the sake of family harmony!  Last weekend I took my gorgeous nieces to two of London's most professional temples to consumerism.  That's M&M's World and the LEGO Store. Both are situated on the north [...]

Covent Garden – London’s first residential square, a short history

Covent Garden is home to the world renowned Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet and the London Transport museum – as well as some of the best shopping, food & drink and street entertainment in London! However, have you ever wondered how it started? This post is about the foundation of Covent Garden and, in [...]