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

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. This post is about the foundation of Covent Garden and, in particular, two painters that were attracted to paint [...]

Young Mozart in London

Young Mozart in London

The European Tour A short walk from Victoria Railway Station is the smart, cosmopolitan Orange Square in Pimlico. This is the former neighbourhood of the eight year old Mozart in London.  In the square there is a small statue of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart commemorating this.  In 1764, this was an open area with sheep and donkeys [...]

Somerset House

Somerset House

The courtyard of Somerset House was originally a lawn leading to a Renaissance palace and a catholic chapel by the river.  The original Somerset House was built by the Duke of Somerset (protector to Edward 6th) on this land and subsequently used by the Danish Queen of James I.  It was replaced by today's glorious [...]

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

Don't miss seeing the Lord Mayor of the City of London fire up the Christmas lights each year - often to live choral music.    Leadenhall Market is a restored Victorian covered market that sells traditional game, poultry, fish and meat.    Although there has been a forum (market place) on where Leadenhall Market stands [...]