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Chiswick House Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens with its neo-Palladian style villa and 65 acres of exquisite park makes for a wonderful day out in west London. Explore Lord Burlington’s house, visit the Kitchen Garden, meander around the lake teeming with birdlife, marvel at the 18th century landscaping by William Kent, and stop off for coffee or lunch…

Queen Charlotte Kew Palace

Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte and Kew Palace

Last updated on May 14th, 2024If you’re watching the prequel, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story you will see that one of the main locations for this historical drama is Kew and the royal country retreat known as Kew Palace. King George III, Queen Charlotte and their many children spent happy – as well as unhappy –…

Time travel in London at Christmas

How to time travel in London at Christmas

Last updated on May 14th, 2024Did you know you really can time travel back to London’s yesterday? And there is no better time than at Christmas when you can experience the sights and smells of ‘ye old London as you tread in the footsteps of Christmas past. I might not be able to give you…

A tour of Spencer House

Last updated on March 29th, 2022Spencer House in Mayfair is one of the finest examples of eighteenth-century architecture in London. The Georgian mansion, which has one of the most drop-dead interiors in the capital, once provided a backdrop for many a glittering soirée. It’s now one of London’s most exclusive venues – the Queen invited…

London Best Tour Guides

London’s Best Tour Guides

Last updated on April 23rd, 2023Are you looking for the best tour guide in London? Hiring a private tour guide or joining a public tour in London can be one of the best ways to experience the capital as a tourist, or even as a Londoner. You might be looking for an accredited Blue Badge…

Rokeby Venus, Venus at her Mirror, National Gallery

In Conversation with Venus at the National Gallery

Last updated on September 21st, 2021I’m Venus at Her Mirror, but some people call me the Rokeby Venus or the Toilet of Venus. You can just call me Venus. The little fellow holding my mirror and helping me with my toilette  is my son, Cupid. Maestro Diego Velasquez’s bold brushstrokes poured life into this, my…

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…

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