Monthly Archives: July 2020

It’s got my name on it!

When I was out and about on Monday this week I made a little diversion as I noticed on the map the night before there was a street near to where I would be going that possibly has the best … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 62 – I love it when a plan comes together!

Some of you may remember that in the first days when everyone lock-down, I took the opportunity to go outside having already been shielding for a month or so.   I went off to fully explore my new neighbourhood and … Continue reading

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The (Deserted) Mews of Mayfair

One of the things I like about London are what are known as Mews.  In the 18th and 19th centuries London housing for wealthy people generally consisted of streets of large terraced houses with stables at the back, which opened … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 61 – When Social Distancing takes the Pee!

When I was scouting out the new tour Mayfair and Belgravia Walking Tour last week, I visited the The Grenadier Pubwhich I wrote about yesterday,  I found something in the toilets which was very much a sign of the times. Of course … Continue reading

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The Grenadier – The Exclusive pub with a ‘Go-Fund Me’ for a ghost!

It’s one of my favourite London pubs and a little different from some I visit with the difference being the wonderfully secluded and rather exclusive district of London it fits itself in. The Grenadier is a public house in Belgravia, … Continue reading

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On a journey of discovery to find the tombs of John Harrison and John Constable.

Do you remember last week I was off exploring in another graveyard and had a Dracula flashback?  Well I was actually in the churchyard of St John-at-Hampstead to look for two tombs in particular. I only picked them as they … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 60: #ExcludedUK Why does my country hate me?

I haven’t worked since February, it’s getting on for 6 months now since I’ve been paid.  Despite the government paying out billions to some fantastically good causes and supporting the overwhelming majority of people, 3 million of us are actually … Continue reading

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A special knighthood at Windsor Castle

Some of you may remember I wrote a few months ago of the incredible Captain Tom Moore. Coronavirus 19 – Social Distancing with 99 year old Captain Tom Moore and his multi-million pound fundraiser. The now 100 year old former … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 59 – Finally I have something to sit on!

It’s hard to believe that I moved house on Friday 31st January and on Monday 3rd February at 10am I ordered my armchair and sofa. The advice to most of the planet was if you couldn’t go out then at … Continue reading

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There’s something about Persian door-knockers!

One of the things I like about travel is encountering different ideas and customs.  I really like noticing the differences.  Even in the U.K. there are huge variations in buildings, landscapes, foods, accents and even customs.  Whilst others delight in … Continue reading

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