Friday, 7 February 2020

Hill Street, Mayfair, Central London

Laid out in the eighteenth century, Hill Street is home to numerous listed buildings that have housed dozens of lords and nobles over the past two centuries.

The Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, Central London

Unveiled in 1872, The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Cycle from Herne Hill to Peckham Rye, South London

Burbage Road, Herne Hill, South London

This 3.5km ride takes you from Herne Hill to Peckham Rye, via Dulwich Village. Cycle down tree-lined Burbage Road, past the grand Edwardian houses, the mural of Elizabethan actor Richard Burbage underneath the railway bridge and the historic velodrome. At the roundabout in bucolic Dulwich Village, take the second exit on to College Road and then turn immediately left into Dulwich Park. Cycle directly across this rather plain park, noting the bizarre elliptical sculptures, and exit through the Court Lane gate. Continue in the same direction, riding up Eynella Road to the traffic lights at the cross-roads with Lordship Lane. Ride straight over on to Barry Road and then take the first right onto Etherow Street, before turning left onto Friern Road, which is lined with compact, but handsome late Victorian terraces. After about  a kilometre of cruising slightly down hill, cross straight over Upland Road, through the cycle cut and you'll soon emerge where Friern Road meets the green expanse of Peckham Rye.

Monday, 20 January 2020

The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, South London

Grade II-listed, the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to educate the daughters of servicemen who died in the Crimean War. Today, it houses a mixture of flats, studios and workshops.

Winter on Wandsworth Common, South London

The view over Bellevue Field to Bellevue Road

Friday, 17 January 2020

The River Café, Rainville Road, Hammersmith, West London

It can be tough to secure a table for the winter set lunch at this famous west London eatery. But, if you can, you get a chance to eat reasonably-priced Michelin-starred food from a restaurant that is an intrinsic part of London's culinary folklore - you have a choice of two courses for £28, three courses for £34 or four courses for £42.  The menu changes daily, but with four varied dishes for antipasti, four for primi and four for secondi, you will likely be spoilt for choice. Although the portions aren't that big, you'll get some tasty focaccia rolls upfront, meaning three courses should be sufficient. The hand-cut tagliatelli with Parma ham and cream makes for a mouthwatering primi. For a secondi, the slow-cooked pork with soft polenta is both succulent and full of flavour. The ice cream for desert is good enough, but not exceptional. To drink, the Pinot Bianco, 2018 Cantina Terlano, (£29 for a 500ml carafe) is clean and pleasant.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Horse Guards Parade, Central London

The parade ground used for the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Queen's official birthday in June, Horse Guards dates from the eighteenth century.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Christmas Lights, Regent Street, Central London

Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019, Regent Street turned on its ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ lights  on 14th November. The illuminated suspended spirits are inspired by Regent Street’s Christmas lights in 1954.