A piece of the old, the new, and the wonderful in King’s Cross. From the exceptional British Library to a transformed industrial yard. Plus, who’d have ever thought you could find a wild, natural oasis in the middle of London?!
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Memoirs of a Londoner: The Crafts and their Flight from Slavery
Over four days in 1848, William and Ellen Craft fled Georgia for freedom in Pennsylvania. A couple of years later they made their way to England, settling in London and also lecturing all over the UK, sharing and eventually publishing their incredible account. Here is just some of their story.
Some More of London’s Time Capsules
Part Two of my exploration of London’s time capsules! Who knows if we’ll still be alive to see them uncovered?
This time it’s Hospitals, Theatres, and Museums – oh my! Make sure you don’t miss Part One as well.
London’s Time Capsules
Have you ever spared a thought for what’s buried under London? Amongst the old buildings and the burials, and probably a lot of rubbish, there are a fair few time capsules. Pockets of history waiting for the future to find them. I’ve shared a few of my favourites in this blog post (plus stay tuned for Part Two!).
Old, New, and Wonderful: Greenwich
Something old, something new, and something wonderful to enjoy next time you find yourself in Greenwich! An ancient cemetery, plaque hunting, and stunning Baroque paintings.
A Wander Down Ladbroke Grove
Last week I had my Covid-19 vaccine! Whoop! I’m always saying that you can uncover so much London history if you just scratch the surface a little bit, so I thought I’d put my money where my mouth is and tell you some of the stories I found on my journey to the hospital!
Kathleen Easmon and Florence Mills: Black Women You Should Know About
Two weeks after I promised but it’s here! This time we’re looking at two women who were contemporaries but likely never met. Both creative and inspirational women of the 1920s.
Old, New, and Wonderful: Spitalfields
Finding something old, something new, and something wonderful in this fantastic corner of East London.
Think of it as basically a mini self-guided tour, plus ideas for where to eat, which you can enjoy next time you’re in the area!
Memoirs of a Blue Badge Guide
This is a very special blog post to me. In March, I qualified as a Blue Badge tour guide, and I am proud to be following in my Grandma’s footsteps. She has been a Blue Badge Guide since 1972! I decided to use all my extra lockdown time to interview her and hear some of her guiding stories.
Memoirs of a Londoner: Samuel Pepys
London is full of fascinating people and great stories. Today we’ll be following in the footsteps of 17th century Londoner, Samuel Pepys.