Benjamin Jonson by Abraham van Blyenberch oil on canvas, circa 1617 18 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (470 mm x 419 mm) Purchased, 1935 Primary Collection NPG 2752, Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

Twelfth Night at the Banqueting House, 1617

Here’s a party with everything: romance, international diplomacy, heartbreak, money, power, you name it. It was the annual Twelfth Night masque at the Banqueting House on Whitehall, on January 6, 1617. The Banqueting House Historic Royal Palaces operates the Banqueting House now, and you can buy a ticket to explore it. This one is on Continue reading


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