Dawson's Hill is a small park with a big view. You can pretty much see the whole London skyline from the sloping lawns where teenagers like to gather with a few beverages on a warm summer evening. It backs on to a blocky housing estate, which some imaginative commentators have likened to a Tuscan hill town.
Thursday, 18 June 2020
Friday, 5 June 2020
Monday, 1 June 2020
Part of the West Greenwich Conservation Area, Hyde Vale curves round and down from the Blackheath escarpment to Greenwich. "Hyde Vale rivals Crooms Hill for its architectural pretensions, with an impressive sequence of eighteenth and nineteenth century villas and town houses," says the conservation appraisal report, which also notes the street has fine examples of granite cobble gutters and single or double kerbs - a distinctive feature of the area.
Sunday, 31 May 2020
Connecting St. Paul's Cathedral and The Tate Modern, the steel Millennium Bridge is both muscular and elegant - and unusually empty during lockdown.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Built in 1930, this Grade II listed statue of General James Wolfe (1727-1759) commemorates his victory against the French at Quebec which secured Canada for the British. Wolfe, whose parents lived in Macartney House on the edge of the park, died in the battle.
Sunday, 24 May 2020
Running down from Dartford in the north to Sevenoaks in the south, the Darent Valley is a bucolic stretch of Kent countryside, which is a pleasure to cycle around (if you don't mind some challenging hills). It is home to several aesthetically-pleasing villages, such as Eynsford and Shoreham, castles and manor houses. The rich history and verdant landscape draw day-trippers, but much of the area remains surprisingly rural and surprisingly peaceful. Although the southern end of the Darent Valley is ringed by motorways, the river itself is home to rare wildlife, such as otter and water vole, according to the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership.
Friday, 22 May 2020
Dating from the 1860s, the Italianate Foreign and Commonwealth Office is one of the most handsome buildings in Whitehall.
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
On a sunny May evening, Blythe Hill Fields offers a small, but perfectly-formed picnic venue with commanding views of the empty office blocks of Canary Wharf and the City of London.
Monday, 18 May 2020
Saturday, 16 May 2020
The outer circle of Regent's Park is a magnet for local road cyclists looking to crank up the wattage. A full circuit constitutes a glorious couple of miles of fairly flat road with just one or two traffic lights. On your left is the green space of the royal park and on the right is the fine white neo-classical architecture of the 1820s. In front of you will be a wheel that you can draft.
Friday, 15 May 2020
Saturday, 2 May 2020
Grade I-listed, the curvaceous and ornate Royal Albert Hall opened in 1871. It is famous for hosting the Proms concerts each summer, but is a memorable and atmospheric venue for all kinds of performances, including the Cirque du Soleil.
Thursday, 30 April 2020
Saturday, 25 April 2020
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Sunday, 12 April 2020
In the greenbelt land west of Biggin Hill airport, there are enough bridleways and country lanes to piece together a fun mountain bike ride. The Condor Cycles' Kent & Surrey Cyclo-Cross Ride does just that. Highlights include the Spitfire Bridleway, which cuts through some picturesque woodland in the rolling hills near the airport, the descent from Chelsham Court Road into lush farmland and sweeping views over Woldingham as you swoop down from Botley Hill. Later in the ride, the single track down through Frith Wood will get the pulse racing. Although you'll be on-road for much of the semi-circular route, the lanes are very picturesque in places, particularly near the ridge at the top of the North Downs.
Monday, 30 March 2020
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Built in 1872, the timber-framed almshouses of Church Town look a lot older. They were designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, a prolific Victorian architect who also worked on the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station, the Albert Memorial, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Sunday, 22 March 2020
From the footpath running through Brenchley Gardens, there are wide views over the Aquarius Golf Club, which was laid out in 1909 around and on the roof of the Beechcroft Reservoir, which was once Europe's largest underground reservoir. The reservoir is still operational today and holds 55 million gallons of water. Originally opened in 1928, Brenchley Gardens now incorporate the old track bed of the Crystal Palace High Level Railway, which was closed in 1954.
The view down the Thames towards the City of London competes with the vista of the classical symmetry of the Old Royal Naval College overlooked by the futuristic towers of Canary Wharf.
Saturday, 21 March 2020
Sunday, 1 March 2020
|Images from the National Theatre web site|
Friday, 7 February 2020
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Monday, 20 January 2020
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.
Friday, 17 January 2020
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.