Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Football: Where London Doesn't Lead

Infographic: Leicester City Displace Football's Financial Elite | Statista
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Italian Gardens, Kensington Gardens, central London


Grade II listed, the 150 year old Italian Gardens can be found on the north side of Kensington Gardens near Lancaster Gate. The elegant Italianate pump house is surrounded by immaculate formal gardens, fountains and ornate cast iron railings. Story has it that the Gardens were a gift from Prince Albert to his beloved Queen Victoria. The Royal Parks, which manages the Italian Gardens says they "consist of four main basins with central rosettes, all elaborately carved in Carrara marble, and the famous Portland stone and white marble Tazza Fountain. These are surrounded by intricately carved stone statues and urns. The urns have five main designs - the Swan's breast, woman's head, ram's head, dolphin and oval."

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Glengall Road and Glengall Terrace, Camberwell, south London


A number of houses in Glengall Terrace and Glengall Road, together with the attached porch railings, are Grade II-listed.  Dating from around 1840, these houses were designed by Brighton-based architect Amon Henry Wilds. The Regency-style stucco facade includes Wilds' trademark ammonite details on a pillared porch, according to Oliver Jacques.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Carnegie Library Protest, south London


A demonstration against the closure of the striking Carnegie Library in Herne Hill, south London. The Friends of Carnegie Library say the building "was closed by Lambeth Council on 31st March, to stand empty until it is converted into a fee-paying gym run by the leisure company GLL. No plans have been seen for the gym, nor has anyone applied for any planning permission to convert this Grade II listed building for this purpose."

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The Peabody Estate, Blackfriars, central London

Built in 1871, the Peabody Estate on Blackfriars Road is a cluster of attractive yellow brick buildings with sash windows, ornate cornicing, cast iron railings and other period features. Inside its imposing arched entrance is a communal garden with a play area, mature trees and basketball courts. One of the oldest and largest housing associations in London, Peabody says it manages more than 27,000 homes across the capital, housing around 80,000 residents.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, near Turin, Italy




An aerial view of the 18th century Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi, which is about 10km south west of Turin. One of the Unesco-listed residences of the Royal House of Savoy in northern Italy, the grandiose hunting lodge was occupied Napoleon in the early 19th century.

Reggia di Venaria Reale, near Turin, Italy

An aerial view of the Reggia di Venaria Reale, a 17th century palace in Piedmont, northern Italy. It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Unesco says: "When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. This outstanding complex of buildings, designed and embellished by the leading architects and artists of the time, radiates out into the surrounding countryside from the Royal Palace in the 'Command Area' of Turin to include many country residences and hunting lodges."

Friday, 25 March 2016

March Skiing in the Monterosa region's Three Valleys, Italy

Aside from public holidays and weekends, Italy's low key Three Valleys ski area can be fairly deserted. Even on sunny March days, you may get much of the 180 km of piste to yourself. But the resorts of Champoluc, Gressony and Alagna can fill up fast on Good Friday with Tironese and members of local ski clubs. Still, the Three Valleys are well served by nifty chair lifts and gondolas. The only bottlenecks tend to be the chair lift up from Frachey and the cable cars linking Alagna and Gressony to the slopes. Champoluc is a 90 minute ride from Turin airport and the scenery is spectacular, with expansive views of 4,000 metre mountains, including the Matterhorn. The quiet pistes linking Frachey and Champoluc, which criss-cross craggy valleys dotted with pine trees, feel particularly remote and wild.  8/10