Monday, 29 August 2022

Notting Hill Carnival, Central London

A captivating window into London's Caribbean culture, Notting Hill Carnival made a welcome return to the upmarket west London neighbourhood in 2022.  While it can be marred by some violence and crime, this extraordinary festival is generally a good-natured celebration of London's ethnic diversity.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

Cycling around Richmond Park, South West London


Thanks to the partial closure of the ring road to cars, cycling in Richmond Park early on a summer evening is a joy.

Friday, 26 August 2022

Addington Square, South London


Lined on three sides by a jumble of early nineteenth century houses,  Addington Square is a peaceful and picturesque spot next to Burgess Park. Although most of the square is well maintained, there are a couple of semi-derelict houses that hark back to the 1960s, when the area was a den of iniquity. 

Thursday, 25 August 2022

Trinity Street, South London


Laid out in 1813, Trinity Street is part of the well-preserved and peaceful Trinity Square Conservation Area. While it is an entirely residential area today, it was dotted with businesses in the nineteenth century. Largely closed to traffic, Trinity Street is now on one of the main cycling routes up to the City of London. A barrier, which prevents through traffic, was erected in 2002. 

Benhill Road, South London


Another one of Camberwell's leafy Victorian residential streets, Benhill Road is on the cycle route from Crystal Palace into the City of London.

Brunswick Park, South London


Brunswick Park, the road, overlooks Brunswick Park, the park.  With big mature trees and venerable Victorian architecture, it is a fine road.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Halles Saint-Géry, Brussels


An ornate covered market built in 1881 in the Flemish neo-Renaissance style, Halles Saint-Géry now serves as both an impressive exhibition space and a suave night spot. With a high vaulted ceiling and extensive wrought ironwork, the interior is just as handsome as the exterior.

Nero Street Art, Place Saint-Géry, Brussels


One of Brussels' many street murals, the comic panel on a wall of Place Saint-Géry depicts Nero trying to feed some birds with the help of other characters also created and drawn by Marc Sleen. Nero, who appeared in a Belgium newspaper for more than 50 years, is one of the country's best known comic book characters. 

La Machine, Pl. Saint-Géry, Brussels


A popular drinking den and live music venue, La Machine occupies a charismatic building in the heart of Brussels.

Rue Jules Van Praet, Brussels


Toy Soldiers and Lace, Manufacture Belge De Dentelles, Galeries Royales, Brussels

Rue du Marché au Charbon Kolenmarkt, Brussels


Street Art, Rue Des Bogards, Brussels


Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Albert Embankment, Central London

The cycle ride down from Vauxhall Bridge to Lambeth Bridge gives you fine views of the Houses of Parliament and Lambeth Palace.

Friday, 27 May 2022

Festival Time in Brockwell Park, South London


For several weekends each summer, Brockwell Park opens its gates to thousands of festival goers. But you can still get away from it all by heading for the hill at the rustic south end of the park.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Kent


A National Trust property perched on a lush hillside, Emmetts Garden is awash with colour in early May. As well as being packed with horticultural attractions, this six acre Edwardian estate has commanding views across the North Downs.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Court Road, Orpington, Kent


The landmarks of the London skyline are just visible from Court Lane, which runs from Knockholt to Orpington.

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Watery Lane Meets Red Lane, Kent

Although it's just a stone throw from Sevenoaks, this patch of rolling Kent countryside is criss-crossed by picturesque lanes that lend themselves perfectly to road cycling.

Ightham Mote, Ightham, Kent


A fourteenth century moated manor house, Ightham Mote has been meticulously restored and maintained by the National Trust. Something of a gem.

Friday, 18 February 2022

South End of Flood Street, Chelsea, London


On Flood Street, the red brick mansion blocks are almost caressed by the branches of the towering London plane trees that lean across this elegant Chelsea thoroughfare. The entrance to St. Loo Avenue is guarded by a particularly grand specimen.

Storm Damage in Chelsea, Central London

 Storm Eunice upended this mature street tree in Chelsea - one of many to come down in the capital

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Herne Hill Station, South London


Herne Hill station overlooks a small pedestrianised square complete with bars, cafes, restaurants, a book shop and a flower stall.

Sunday, 6 February 2022

Blythe Hill Fields, South London


The winter sun lights up dusk over the view of Docklands from Blythe Hill Fields.

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Fitzrovia Mural, Whitfield Gardens, Central London

First painted in 1980 by the London Borough of Camden, the Fitzrovia Mural celebrates the history of the area and eclectic sample of its residents, including the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. At 60 foot high, the mural dominates the small public space at its foot.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Wellington Square, Chelsea, London


Grade II-listed Wellington Square hosts some of the most elegant and eye catching stucco Regency architecture in the vicinity of the King's Road.

Chelsea Embankment, Central London


Even in the heart of London, the Thames can be serene on a sunny and still winter's day.