Literature and History in Bloomsbury – The Writers Quarter of London

London Walks

Legendary towns have legendary streets and quarters. I have never lived in New York City, but I know what everybody knows: that Madison Avenue is a by-word for the country’s (and the world’s) advertising industry, that Broadway is the home of live entertainment and that Wall Street is the place from where the gangsters operate (spot the joke). But London, another legendary town, is – to my knowledge – the only

Literature and History in Bloomsbury – The Writers Quarter of London

A London Spy Walk in the Footsteps of the Cambridge Five

In our previous London spy walk on the trail of the Cambridge Five, we left off with Maclean and Burgess just about making it to Southampton for the day’s last ferry to France, never to return to the UK.

The sudden disappearance of two middle-ranking foreign service officials, at least one of whom was under acute suspicion of being a Soviet spy, caused a bit of a stir in contemporary Britain, but things

A London Spy Walk in the Footsteps of the Cambridge Five

The Spy Story of the Cambridge Five in London

Themed London Walk London may not be the world’s most beautiful city but it is probably its most storied. Almost every street corner has a story to tell: about rock music, Charles Dickens, Jack the Ripper and so on – the list of themes is virtually endless.

London is also the capital of spy stories, and the most thrilling of these is the one about the Cambridge Five. Or four,

The Spy Story of the Cambridge Five in London

A London Walk That is Not for the Fainthearted

If you want to see the largest number of ghosts crammed together into the smallest possible space to get the biggest spectral bang for your London-walking-buck so to speak, go to the City of London. After all, before the square mile became a business district, it was pretty much all of London there was. While cows were grazing in what today is the West End and while South London was nothing but a wilderness (North

A London Walk That is Not for the Fainthearted

A Brave Walk in the Haunted City of London

Ready to meet more of London’s undead? Good, they have been dying to meet you – in some cases waiting for you for hundreds of years in the haunted City of London.

We start the second part of our walk on Trafalgar Square, right underneath Nelson’s Column. Take a good look at the Admiral so you can recognize him when we meet his ghost a little further down our route.

A Brave Walk in the Haunted City of London

In Search of the Scary Ghosts of London

Some people travel to England to learn English, to do business, to watch a West End play or a football game. Others travel to Britain to meet a ghost. Don’t laugh: this is big business. Owners of castles try to lure overseas visitors with a promise of a meeting with their dead ancestors, stately homes offer Ghost Hunts, and there is a host of specialized providers who can arrange a trip for you through various

In Search of the Scary Ghosts of London

See Why Wimbledon Is Not Just About Tennis

Wimbledon is possibly the most famous of all London suburbs, and if you now ask “famous for what?”, I hereby grant you permission to leave and read something else, because much in this article will be of no interest to you whatsoever. Having said that, Wimbledon is not all about lawn tennis: it features two rather splendid parks, one near-wild and the other with a landscaping tradition that goes back all the way to Capability

See Why Wimbledon Is Not Just About Tennis

Scared to Meet Ghosts of the Undead of London?

Themed Walk in London Many of the city’s restless souls have chosen to reside in the tomb-like tunnels of the underground railway The most popular Themed London Walks deal with one of the following: Jack the Ripper (been there), pop music (done that), and ghosts – more of which soon.

But please don’t be impatient: you will meet them soon enough. Some of these restless spirits have been haunting the capital’s streets, pubs

Scared to Meet Ghosts of the Undead of London?

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 2

Themed Walks in London A walk through the “Florence of the 21st Century” The City of London is where most of the capital’s truly iconic works of modernist architecture are concentrated, but West London, too, has many fine new buildings.

The big difference is this: while London’s business district provides a homogeneous context of brashness – big and high “cathedrals of capitalism” vying with each other and encouraging the construction of ever bigger

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 2

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 1

Themed Walks in London A walk through Skyscraper National Park: the world’s most exciting collection of modern architectural masterpieces There are many good reasons to visit London: for its world-class theatres, its magnificent pubs, or to pay a visit to the Queen. Here is another one: the town’s unique collection of modern architecture.

This has not always been so. Until fairly recently, say the mid 1980s, there were not a

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 1