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Metalwork Galleries at the V&A

Jul 23, 2014 | No Comments
Metalwork Galleries at the V&A

The Metalwork collection at the V&A contains over 45,000 pieces, from jewellery to tableware and garden gates. The museum holds the national collection of English silver, some of which can be seen in one of the most elegant long galleries over-looking the courtyard, which was originally created for ceramics. The beautiful ceiling, wall friezes and […]

Simmering: The Crucible at the Old Vic

Jul 8, 2014 | No Comments
Simmering: The Crucible at the Old Vic

From the moment the lights go down and from a back-lit fissure a figure half-shuffles, half dances forward to the sound of rhythms and guttural hums, you’re caught inside The Crucible. The intensity simmers as the dark themes, lies and superstition unfold. The play’s sparkling dialogue has lost nothing with time and remains relevant to […]

Chichester Cathedral West Sussex

Jun 20, 2014 | No Comments
Chichester Cathedral West Sussex

King Edward I attended the ceremony to lay the body of St Richard behind the high altar of Chichester cathedral in 1276. It became a venerated pilgrimage destination for the next 262 years until the shrine was destroyed and the body removed by Reformation desecraters. The present cathedral was started in 1076 and completed in 1108. […]

Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex

Jun 14, 2014 | No Comments
Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex

Visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace as a little child was a magical and memorable experience that opened up a far distant world of exotic culture and community. On revisiting the palace recently I realised that I had retained the feelings about my visit more than actual remembrance of the place, so the visit became a rediscovery […]

Geffrye Museum in the Heart of Hoxton

May 17, 2014 | No Comments
Geffrye Museum in the Heart of Hoxton

I’m not a fan of the harshness of some of London’s districts. Unrelenting concrete structures and heavy traffic are ugly and oppressive. But then, some places are made more delightful just because they nestle in the urban heartland. The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton is housed in 18th century almshouses that are surrounded in gardens. Stepping […]

Two Temple Place, Embankment

May 4, 2014 | No Comments
Two Temple Place, Embankment

London will always reveal hidden gems in unexpected places and making a new discovery is a joy. Two Temple Place just close to the Thames on Embankment is a neo-Gothic mansion built by William Waldorf Astor built 1892-5. I’ve passed it many times, but assumed it was part of the legal complex of buildings found […]