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The restoration of Clissold House in Hackney

The heart of Hackney boasts a rather large front garden in the form of Clissold Park, which was formed as the front garden for the imposing Clissold House. Built in the 1790s for the Quaker merchant and anti-slavery campaigner, Jonathan


Visiting the Museum of the Order of St John

Just round the corner from Farringdon Tube Station lies a small building that to all intents looks like a castle gatehouse, but actually houses a chapel and museum dedicated to the history of the Order of St John – and


Museums by Appointment – The British Airways Heritage Collection

Part of an occasional series where I visit museums that are open to the public, but only if you have contacted them first and arranged a time to visit. Museums by Appointment. — The British Airways Heritage Collection is based


Photos of the Greenwich Fireworks

Despite Greenwich council’s notorious antipathy to fireworks for Guy Fawkes Night, they laid on a decent enough spectacle last night with a river based display next to the Old Royal Naval College. I am still indifferent to the seemingly recent


Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London today

As today marks — depending on how you look at it — the 60th anniversary of the death of the Last Emperor of India, or the Accession to the Throne of Queen Elizabeth II, there will be ceremonial gun salutes


Attending the Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues

The Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues is one of those ancient traditions that the UK is so damn good at, can be indirectly traced back at least 700 years, and is related to the Crown’s authority over the City of


Illumini are seeking Victorian Speakers and Relics

The arts organisation that is behind some of the more interesting events that have taken place of the past few years, Illumini will be back in September, with a range of — obviously — Dickens themed Victorian events. Being Illumini,


Look out for the English Civil War march on Sunday

This Sunday, an spectacular sight will greet anyone in central London as roughly 500 members of the King’s Army of the English Civil War Society will march along The Mall and muster in Horseguards. They will be following the footsteps


Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids

An exhibition and a book all rolled into one – and the exhibition is basically excerpts from the book, so if feeling frugal, the exhibition is a cut-down version of the book to save you buying it. Book author and


Suggestions for things to do outside London during February

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway. I’ve not listed every Shrove Tuesday pancake event, as


A is for Adolf – Teaching German Children Nazi Values

If you are a tyrannical leader of a country, you will want to cement your long term prospects of holding onto power by making sure the children are suitably indoctrinated to support you. Thus, during the rise of Nazi power


List of Gun Salutes at the Tower of London this year

For the list of 2019 gun salutes, go here. Something for your diaries – the list of Gun Salutes that will take place at the Tower of London has been released. Due to the tight space they operate in, if


Go Wassailing at the Bankside on Sunday

A seemingly annual tradition now – tomorrow marks the arrival of The Green Man at London’s Bankside and a celebration of the 12th Night festivities. Although Twelfth Night took place a couple of days ago, the celebrations at Bankside are


How to get tickets to Royal Ceremonies

It may be a Diamond Jubilee year, and The Queen will be doing lots of things that will open only to carefully checked dignitaries, local politicians, and of course… school children. However, there are two annual regal engagements that are


A Festival of Winter Walks

Starting tomorrow, and running through to the New Year, the Ramblers Association is holding its annual festival of winter walks – an opportunity to lure in prospective new members and for the rest of us, to force ourselves to walk