• An On-Street Dickens Quiz
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    Jenny Pedler has a challenge for you.. “A house of great promise (and great premium), ‘undeniable’ situation and excessive splendour…” This was how Charles Dickens described 1 Devonshire Terrace, the Marylebone house he moved into in 1839. It was possibly his favourite of his London houses and certainly the one he lived in the longest….

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  • Cocktails with Monroe and Cinema with Sandi
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    Richard has been doing some celebrity spotting on his recent walk!   On my walk, Mr Gill’s Precious Ornament, on Thursday evening, we passed the Langham hotel just as Hayley Hasselhoff was getting out of her car to go to the “Coktails with Monroe” exhibition at the hotel, so it seems from the link here:…

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  • The Floods of 1762
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    While the flooding along the Thames in Surrey and West London in the last few weeks has been truly awful, we can at least be thankful that the Thames Barrier has at least been earing its keep by keeping central London safe from flood tides. The barrier has been raised more times this winter than…

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  • A Visit to the Silver Vaults
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    This is the very mundane looking exterior to the London Silver Vaults, but as Tina explains, there is far more to see inside Visit to the Silver Vaults – 12th February 2014 by Tina Baxter Taking the No 15 bus from Whitechapel to the Fetter Lane was a very good idea as the rain poured…

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  • The Pantheon – a place for the all the gods in Oxford Street
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    Stephen writes about one of Oxford Street’s most interesting buildings   The Pantheon – a place for the all the gods in Oxford Street   You may have noticed when walking between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road that the big Marks and Spencer’s store you pass has something a little unusual at the top…

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  • Claudia Jones and the Notting Hill Carnival
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    Elaine Wein writes about Claudia Jones – one of the women featured in her walk Hidden Lambeth Claudia Jones lived  at No. 6 Meadow Lane Lambeth between 1958 and 1960. She was a feminist, black activist and journalist.  She published the West Indian Gazette, Britain’s first post-war Black newspaper but is probably more famous for…

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  • Literary Tours of St John’s Gate
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    St John’s Gate 1801 – From The Beauties of England and Wales by John Britton. Courtesy British Library Cultural and Literary tours of St John’s Gate Clerkenwell. Your starter for ten! What do Caravaggio, Barbara Cartland and William Shakespeare have in common? If you can’t answer this potential pub quiz question then you should book…

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  • A garland for Queen Anne
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      Brian noticed that the statue of Queen Anne outside St Paul’s has acquired this rather fetching garland in the last couple of days, but he cant think what it is there for. “I suppose that anyone could have climbed over the railings with some difficulty and put it there.  I’ve looked to see if…

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