Sunday, 31 May 2020

The Millennium Bridge, The River Thames, Central London


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

General James Wolfe Statue, Greenwich Park, South East London


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

The Darent Valley, Kent

Fackenden Lane
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

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, Central London


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

The Golden Hour, Blythe Hill Fields, South East London


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

Belair Park, Dulwich South London

Built in 1875, Belair House gleams in the early evening sunshine. The "country villa" is grade II listed.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Riding around Regent's Park, Central London


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

Westminster Bridge, Central London

The view down the Thames from the Grade II-listed Westminster Bridge towards Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall.

Smithfield Market, Central London

Traditional telephone boxes flank the colourful Victorian ironwork of Smithfield Market, one of the largest wholesale meat markets in Europe.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Gangers Hill, Woldingham, Surrey

Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, Surrey

 An expansive stretch of elevated chalk grassland with distant views of the City of London, Farthing Downs is an uplifting place for a cycle or a stroll during the lockdown. The car park is closed.

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.

The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, Central London


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.