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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.

Turner in London

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

Joseph 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 London, meet some of the…

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

Dead Famous Londoners: Richard D’Oyly Carte

A 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 refurbished Claridge’s, Simpsons-in-the-Strand and The…

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

Dead Famous Londoners: A. A. Milne in London

Alan 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 years in Chelsea, using his…

Charles Dickens London

Tales of my City: Charles Dickens’ London

This 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. What is your go-to pub?…

Tales of my City: Beau Brummell’s London

As 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 shop in Regent, Bond, Jermyn,…

Winston Churchill’s London, Churchill locations in London

Tales of my City: Winston Churchill’s London

In celebration of VE Day 75, Winston Churchill shares his favourite London locations, the first thing he’ll be doing after lockdown and how he wants to meet Sir David Attenborough. This is the first in the series Tales of my City, where I interview a ghost of London past. A flight of fancy, these are entirely…

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