Pigs in Notting Hill

This Sunday, in trying to avoid coronavirus-drenched crowds but still wanting to make the most of the British summer, we turned to Stephen Millar’s book, London’s Hidden Walks. We went to Notting Hill. It was an illuminating day. The origins of the name Notting Hill are uncertain. An early version, Knottynghull, was recorded in 1356. … Continue reading / view photos Pigs in Notting Hill

Coal Drops Yard

Interesting new area in Kings Cross. View photos Coal Drops Yard

People’s Vote march

It was a jolly, sunny day for the People’s Vote march today. I don’t know how many people were there (I lost count after 9,527) but Hyde Park Corner was chock-a-block. People around me were in good humour aided by the colourful and funny placards. They ranged from the heavily statistical to the blunt “Brexshit” … Continue reading / view photos People’s Vote march

The Pearly Kings and Queens

The Pearly Kings and Queens were out in force today. They looked majestic as they displayed their glittering mother-of-pearl buttons ornately sown onto their clothes. I was delighted to meet the Pearly King of Islington, my local manor. I learnt today it’s a tradition for the Pearly Kings and Queens to donate food to the … Continue reading / view photos The Pearly Kings and Queens

The Thames at night

The Thames at night is a beautiful sight! Yesterday, there was a lovely sunset you could see from the member’s room at the Tate Modern. Sunsets are one of nature’s gift that you can enjoy almost anywhere and each is unique. View photos The Thames at night

Castles in the sand

Sand castles have come a long way.

London by night

London by night is a beautiful sight 😊 View photos London by night

First night of the proms

First night of the proms: standing in the gallery with the gods and the BBC. Photographing the filmmakers: you can see presenter, Katie Derham, below and the women controlling the autocue. Even the “spontaneous” remarks are scripted. Is nothing sacred?! 😊 View photos First night of the proms

Hockney at the Tate

Really happy to have caught the Hockney exhibition on the last day 🙂

Daunt Books, Marylebone

One of the most alluring bookshops in London, with an extensive travel section.