London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

The Ten Bells ~ a pub deeply connected with ‘Jack the Ripper’ lore

The ‘Ten Bells’ pub is a Grade II listed building that has a significant connection with Jack the Ripper, but is also worth a visit for its interior decorations and … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 10 Comments

Sotheran’s, London ~ the oldest antiquarian bookstore in the world

Located just steps from Piccadilly Circus is a bookstore with such a rich history that it has become a London literary landmark.  For one store to have sold a Gutenberg … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 16 Comments

The London Library (not the British Museum Library!)

Founded in 1841, the London Library is considered by many to be one of England’s premier literary institutions.  But because it is a members only library (though visits are available … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 7 Comments

The Knights of the Order of Saint John & their London Museum

Most of us are familiar with stories of Crusaders and Knights from the 11th and 12th Centuries, with the city of Valletta (the capital of Malta), and with the St. … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Rose Theatre ~ where Henry IV, pt I & Dr. Faustus were first performed.

The Rose is considered by many to be London’s most historic theatre if only for the reason that it was the first purpose built theatre ever to stage a Shakespearean … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 6 Comments

Woburn Walk ~ London’s first pedestrian shopping street & the home of W.B. Yeats

Woburn Walk is an attractive Victorian pedestrian street at the northern end of Bloomsbury, just south of Euston Station.  It was designed by architect Thomas Cubitt in 1822 as a … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Institut Francais ~ wine tastings, film screenings, language courses, a free library & special events!

In the heart of South Kensington is a french cultural centre that offers everything from films, to wine tasting, to language courses and of course french food!  The Institut français … Continue reading

April 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Shepherd Market ~ a hidden “village” in the heart of central London

Located just north of Green Park tube station, Shepherd Market evokes images of an older time with its secretive village square hidden in the heart of London.  Most people will … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · 23 Comments

Freemasons Hall ~ an Art Deco masterpiece in central London

Located in central London, Freemasons’ Hall is arguably one of the best examples or Art Deco architecture in England.  The Freemasons’ Hall is Grade II listed – both for its … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 7 Comments

Savoy Chapel ~ a very unique place with a great history.

Located on the Strand, the Savoy Chapel is a truly unique building with a fascinating history.  Also known as the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, it is arguably one of … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 9 Comments

Simpson’s-in-the-Strand ~ with a history ranging from Chess to Dickens to Carving lessons

Located on the Strand by the Savoy, Simpson’s-in-the-Strand is one of London’s most historic establishments for over 180 years, that over the years has offered everything from coffee, cigars, chess … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · 3 Comments

Bishopsgate Institute ~ a centre for culture and learning.

The Bishopsgate Institute is a place that offers adult education on everything from wine tasting, foreign language lessons, dancing instruction, yoga and film history!  It also offers a free public library, … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 5 Comments

St. Alfege, Greenwich ~ a rare Hawksmoor Church.

Nicholas Hawksmoor is one of Britain’s most famous architects.  He started work as a clerk for Sir Christopher Wren at age 18.  He worked with Wren on Chelsea Hospital, Hampton … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Keats House ~ the poet’s home during his most productive years.

The poet John Keats (1795-1821) was one of the major romantic poets of his time, along with Byron and Shelley.  Given his young death and that he had only been … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Poetry Library ~ a hidden gem.

Hidden with the Southbank Centre (Europe’s largest centre for the arts) is the Saison Poetry Library.  One of the three buildings comprising the centre is the Royal Festival Hall and up … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Fitzroy Tavern ~ a literary landmark & the reason for “Fitzrovia”.

In 2001 an exhibition at the Museum of London traced the rise and fall of various artists’ communities across London, from Covent Garden in the 17th century to present-day Hoxton.  … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · 1 Comment
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