Category Archives: Great Places

Strawberry Hill House

A great chance to make a free visit to Strawberry Hill House this weekend with London Open House, a temple to all things gothic. For years visiting was elusive, the kind of place you could only book when there was a … Continue reading

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Kenwood House

When I was a kid a friend of my parents was curator at Kenwood House, an elegant villa, an unmissable Adam gem, set in landscaped parkland, unbelievably a wide open country experience in the city. Once when I was very small, when I was … Continue reading

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Giffords Circus

The best summer tradition has to be Giffords Circus, every year they take to the road in traditional painted wagons, touring village greens with their glamourous spell binding show. Thrilling, gentle, gutsy, family entertainment, a breath of  fresh air, a … Continue reading

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Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury

Oooh, we must go to the Naked Gardens, my sisters says. I look at her baffled, suddenly in that sentence I’ve found out a whole lot of new stuff about her, and I haven’t packed my cosi ‘just incase’. Further probing … Continue reading

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She Feeds You Tea and Oranges All The Way From China

I’m sipping green tea brought to me by friends all the way from China. The flavour is like nothing else I have ever experienced. It’s a surprise, a wake up to my taste buds that are used to being sloshed … Continue reading

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Sir John Soane, Pitzhanger Manor

You know how it goes, day tightly organised around a string of appointments, then with zero notice one gets postponed and suddenly from full steam ahead you end up kicking your heels. So that’s what happened to me in Ealing, … Continue reading

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Gertrude Hermes, Sculpture and Prints

Now at North House Gallery is an exhibition of Gertrude Hermes OBE, RA, RE engravings and sculpture. It focuses primarily on her sculpture, which she and others regarded as the more important part of her oeuvre. Closely related are her engravings,  there … Continue reading

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Grand Union Canal to the Rescue

Imagine it, with the new car at the garage and they say it’ll only be about an hour and a half, why not have a coffee and read of the paper in the cafe. Of course it will turn out … Continue reading

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Aaronson Noon Glass Studio Sale

Look down an ordinary London street lined with a regiment of Victorian terraced houses and wedged in at the end is one of my favourite places in London the Aaronson Noon Glass Studio. A place of rich imagery, industrial chimneys … Continue reading

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Viva the WI

My applicationfor the WI in my Yorkshire village was  rejected on the grounds I wouldn’t fit in, that was round about the time the Calendar Girls of Rylstone WI had broken cover in more ways than one and women like … Continue reading

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