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Discover London's history and meet some of London's old movers and shakers, the historical figures who were celebrities in their time.

Sambourne House

Sambourne House: A Victorian time capsule

Tucked behind the green door of Number 18 Stafford Terrace is Sambourne House a house museum which time forgot and an extraordinary five-storey cabinet of curiosities. You may have seen it before in Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View or in Maurice. It’s the former family home of Punch cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne, his…

Turner in London

J.M.W Turner in London: Walk in Turner’s footsteps

Last updated on May 27th, 2021Joseph Mallord William Turner was born, bred and died in London and was a Londoner through and through. During his lifetime he was one of the most celebrated figures in the country, the art critic John Ruskin referring to him as the “father of modern art.” Let’s follow Turner in…

Richard D’Oyly Carte, Savoy Hotel, Gilbert and Sullivan

Dead Famous Londoners: Richard D’Oyly Carte

Last updated on February 18th, 2021A Victorian heavyweight, Richard D’Oyly Carte was hotelier extraordinaire, a composer, talent agent (he managed Oscar Wilde) and music impresario. His management prowess led to the birth of the Palace Theatre, the Savoy Theatre and the Savoy Hotel, one of London’s greatest and most famous hotels. He also bought and…

A. A. Milne, dead famous Londoners, house in Chelsea

Dead Famous Londoners: A. A. Milne in London

Last updated on May 27th, 2021Alan Alexander Milne, or A. A. Milne as he is known, is a household name today, thanks to a silly old humming bear and his furry friends, but he was also a successful novelist, screenwriter, humourist and playwright. Born and bred in London, Milne spent the bulk of his creative…

Charles Dickens London

Tales of my City: Charles Dickens’ London

Last updated on July 15th, 2022This week marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death. The celebrated author shares his London secrets with me and tells me how Queen Victoria is a big fan of his acting. Dick – do you mind if I call you Dick? I do. But you may call me Boz….

Tales of my City: Beau Brummell’s London

Last updated on July 15th, 2022As London revs its engines to re-open after lockdown, I speak to the famous English dandy Beau Brummell. He shares his favourite London secrets and tells me how he would like to have tea with the Duchess of Cambridge. Where do you buy those exceedingly good cravats? I like to…

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