Statue of Bodicea and Her Daughters by Thomas Thornycroft | Thanks to Anhad Arora for sharing this on Wikipedia By Anhad Arora - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35121789

Kings Cross and Gray’s Inn Road top end: More history than I expected

No one has ever said to me, “Walk down Gray’s Inn Road because it’s fascinating” but guess what? It is. Even though it always rains when I’m there, Gray’s Inn Road has a lot of visible and hidden history. I’m just going to take you on the first part of my walk now, starting at Continue reading


Kate Santley, about 1875. (Wikipedia credit info PD-US, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13360861)

Actress Kate Santley, the hissing audience, and her ghost

In 1874 London actress Kate Santley had to take her audience to court. Later she came back to haunt them. Kate Santley and Rose Bell in “La Belle Helene” One of the rising stars of the musical theatre in the 1870s, Miss Santley had the charms a girl needs to get ahead: good looks, talent, Continue reading


Lord Strathcona in the Last Spike mural at Craigellachie, by Jill Browne. The mural is based on the famous photograph of the event

Canada in Westminster Abbey: Railways

There’s more of Canada in Westminster Abbey than we might think. Engineers and builders of Canada in Westminster Abbey Any visit to Westminster Abbey is a walk through an architectural and historical treasure. The building itself is astounding, so beautiful. The stone columns and gravity-defying ceiling look both delicate and super-strong. And then there are Continue reading


Admiral Beatty in Trafalgar Square by Jill Browne

Admiral Beatty – Trafalgar Square stories

I’m not the first to say that Admiral Beatty’s story would make a great Hollywood movie. On the north wall of Trafalgar Square, by the cafe tables, there are busts of three Admirals. Cunningham is a Second World War hero. Jellicoe and Beatty are there because of the First. These busts lead us to some Continue reading


Sculpture of Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace

Video Quiz: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada’s most English city

I’ve wanted to look around Victoria, B.C. for London Heritage Hotspots for a while now. Today I got my chance. Victoria is on the south end of Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada and close to the American border. It’s Canada’s most English city, or at least, it’s a Canadian version of what Continue reading


Yes you will see an elephant at the Tower of London. Be prepared, he's not the only animal! / Jill Browne

Born at the Tower of London: Two babies, two very different lives

To be born at the Tower of London, you didn’t have to be royal. This is a story of one baby born a long time ago and another almost within living memory. The tragic death of Queen Elizabeth, mother of King Henry VIII Queen Elizabeth I (lived 1533 to 1603) was the daughter of King Continue reading


Cambridge House aka The In and Out, by F. Cinquepalmi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http---creativecommons.org-licenses-by-sa-3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

94 Piccadilly: The In and Out and a dastardly attack on Queen Victoria

It was one of the most unusual of crimes, and it happened at 94 Piccadilly, known now as the In and Out, back when it was called Cambridge House. Learn about the man who hit Queen Victoria with a gold-handled Malacca partridge stick. What is the In and Out? At Number 94 Piccadilly, near Green Continue reading


Delicate rhododendron at Isabella Plantation, by Davide D'Amico

See the flowers! Free Richmond Park minibus to Isabella Plantation

Wonderful news! On Wednesdays until October 2017, you can take a free minibus in Richmond Park to the Isabella Plantation where the flowers, especially the rhododendrons, are spectacular in season. Richmond Park is huge and getting to the Isabella Plantation can be a bit of a hike.   I just saw a tweet from The Continue reading