About

Hello, and welcome to London Heritage Hotspots. I really appreciate you stopping by. My name is Jill Browne. I’m a Canadian baby boomer and I love London.

Do you?

Jill Browne, blogger at London Heritage Hotspots

Jill Browne, blogger at London Heritage Hotspots. The foot behind me belongs to the statue of I. K. Brunel in Paddington Station.

 

For me, it started long ago, though if you’re a baby boomer too, I imagine you’ll feel like it wasn’t such a long time. In 1991 my husband the Geologist was transferred from Calgary, our home, to London. The two years that followed were full of opportunities to explore an entirely new place, and I did it with a passion!

I knew nothing about London when we got there. When we left in 1993, I thought I knew London, but I didn’t.

Since then, I’ve returned as often as possible and explored some more. I’ve also read and researched and tried to learn more about the city in all its glory.

I now feel like this is still the beginning. No matter how much I find out, there is always something more, something deeper, some new connections and surprises to be stumbled upon.

The People who know London best

I feel so lucky to have met a few of the many people who not only love London but also who know it, who make it their business and their passion to really know the place. Many of these people are guides. I hope to bring you more stories from guides, artists, Londoners, and others who have unique insights and a depth of knowledge the rest of us would love to tap into.

I hope you enjoy discovering and sharing stories, because really that is history, isn’t it? The stories of you, me, and all the many other people who came before.

You don’t have to be a history expert to read this blog. I am not an expert. I am a seeker and a sharer.

What you won’t find here is a lot of shopping. I don’t do much of that. I don’t go out much at night either. And if it’s noisy, you probably won’t see me around. If you came here to find ways of burning energy and money in London, honestly, you should go elsewhere. I’m more of a daytime wanderer.

If you’d like to get in touch, there’s a contact form below. I’m on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest too. I love hearing about your London finds.

I belong to the Royal Geographical Society, Kew Gardens, Historic Royal Palaces, the National Trust (off and on), and London Historians. Feel free to ask me about any of these if you’re interested. I’m happy to share my thoughts about them.

I’ll be back to London in 2017, stay tuned.

All the best,

Jill

 

Are you a London expert?

Do you have something to share?

If you are an expert about something related to a place in London, whether it is large or small, you could be featured on London Heritage Hotspots. “Heritage” can be ancient, modern, or anything in between. It can be tangible / permanent (e.g. a sculpture or building) or intangible / temporary (e.g. a dining experience or a sound). It can be man-made or natural.

How to be featured

Send an email to jill @ londonheritagehotspots.com (with no spaces).

Tell me:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • A bit about yourself and your expertise
  • The proposed subject and
    • What place in London it’s connected to
  • The date you would have your material to me by.

There is an open-ended opportunity for articles answering this question, “What’s your favourite London Heritage Hotspot, and why?”.

In addition, I have specific topics in mind and am open to suggestions.

Thanks very much for your interest. I hope to hear from you.