The city wall was built in around 200AD, and encircled Roman London (Londinium), it stretched over 3 miles from around the modern day Blackfriars to the Tower of London. In 350AD 22 semi-circular towers were added to the eastern section to provide platforms for catapults. Medieval additions to the wall make it difficult for this […]

  A sign on a shop in Portobello Road. Not sure if it is ok to come in.

Giro the Nazi Dog is the only Nazi memorial in London. Giro’s owner was Dr Leopold von Hoesch, the German Ambassador in London from 1932 to 1936. Giro died in 1934 from accidental electrocution, he was given a full Nazi burial. The old Nazi embassy is now the Royal Society, you can find the tiny […]

Far far away, in the remarkably sunny county of Kent, an ancient house stands drowned in apple orchards. Built in 1503, and bought by Richard Balfour Lynn in 2002 along with all the orchards and gardens. The unique soil is perfectly suitable for grapes: the geography of the area, mild climate, and an old dream […]

To celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Fashion Galleries, the V&A organized an elegant exhibition Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950. The exhibition boasts over 60 dresses from the past 60 years including breezy 1970’s kaftan-like gowns, slinky 1980’s dresses, shoes and clutches to match the gowns, films of fashion shows from the 1950’s. The […]

Alongside the groundbreaking Munch exhibition (reviewed here) Tate Modern is also showing a Damien Hirst retrospective. The 47-year old founding member of the Young British Artists (YBA) claims he enjoyed composing the retrospective and hopes that visitors will make their own conclusions. Damien Hirst is undoubtedly an outrageous public figure, in the past he shocked […]

If you think you know Edvard Munch, think again. The works of Edvard Munch have recently experienced a rebirth: academic interest has increased, auctions are selling Munch in their top sales, and exhibitions are cropping up all over the country. Tate Modern presents an alternative view of Munch’s work, the revisionist exhibition, The Modern Eye, […]

Is it Titian’s genius in secularizing art that is celebrated in the new exhibition at the National Gallery? Or is it Ovid’s enduring influence on artists throughout history? Perhaps a bit of both, the National Gallery welcomes in two new acquisitions of Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto to their collection with a celebration […]

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” Henry VI Part of the ongoing World Shakespeare Festival 2012, the British Museum arranged a marvellous exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World. The exhibition is part fact and part invention sometimes overlapping and blurring the line between reality and storytelling. Over […]