The Diana fountain (again)

A great place to work is at the Lido cafe in Hyde Park, next to the memorial fountain for Diana, Princess of Wales.  I took a computer there this morning, purchased a drink and an egg sandwich, and went and sat at a table in the shade of the pillars just out by the...

We can dance if you want to

The ‘new in London’ pulse is slowing down.  It’s been almost a month and we are between houseguests (my sister and her boyfriend come tomorrow).  Trips to Marks & Spencer no longer induce tears over the Battenburg cakes.  Waiting for the...

Can I take my wedding dress aboard the aircraft?

Venus and Aphrodite left this morning, trundling suitcases to separate terminals at Heathrow to line up for the joys of security. We (and Jonathan) went to see Billy Elliot: the Musical for our last night, because in Sir Elton John’s Britain it’s the law....

Kensington Palace

You may not have two desserts. Not because they’re fattening, or because your teeth will fall out, but because it will put you in too cranky a mood to enjoy Kensington Palace.  Had I known this I would have had something more substantial than soup, skipped the...

Hampton Court

We went to Hampton Court this Sunday, the summer palace (or bachelor pad) of King Henry VIII and several members of royalty after him until a young Queen Victoria offered it up to the public. They have developed a more colourful form of visitor amusement since I was...

We also went on the Millenium Bridge

Our two female guests, who wish to be known by their pseudonyms Venus and Aphrodite (formerly S.), have been here a total of four days (plus one for Aphrodite). We have visited the National Gallery, Soho, the National Portrait Gallery, and Stephen Daldry’s...
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