St Paul’s Cathedral

I have loved this building since I was a young child and as soon as I discovered the name of its architect, I elevated Sir Christopher Wren to the rank of hero. This view is taken from the Cheapside approach, but the Ludgate Hill aspect works as well for me.

You Are Free!

I am fond of Piccadilly and often spend time in Shepherd Market when in London. For the first time, last week, I looked up at Stratton House on Piccadilly and saw these plaques. They were unveiled on the building by the then Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, watched by grandsons of Winston Churchill and Pieter Gerbrandy, on 29 October 2005. I must have walked past them many times, blind to their existence. Last week, thankfully, I looked up.

A Spring Concert


On 1 April 2017, I took a stroll through Hyde Park at dusk with members of my family before attending the Spring Concert of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, South Kensington, London. The musical director was Jonathan Lo, the leader, Rebecca Babbage, the assistant conductor, Igor Maia, and the guest conductor, James Ham. Debbie Barnes was the bassoon soloist. There was a programme with a nautical twist: Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Op.27, followed by Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B-flat K.191, then Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Op.26 and finally, Debussy’s La Mer.

Three Steps to Heaven

From 9 – 11 September, England held the annual Heritage Open Days festival ( I was in London for the weekend, staying in Alie Street, Aldgate. As chance would have it, just over the road, one of the buildings open for the weekend was St George’s German Lutheran Church. Opened in 1763, it is the […]