Day out London: Kingston-upon-Thames and the fickle king

I've long been curious about all the little upon-Thames towns (partly due, no doubt, to having read one too many Daisy Dalrymple mysteries). There's an array of them: Henley-on-Thames, Staines-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston-upon-Thames...

Autumn leaves in Kew Gardens

Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew This week's #FriFotos* theme - autumn/fall - inspired me to add an extra post. I've just returned from a hectic few days in London, attending the World Travel Market and heaps of fringe fun. I took Wednesday morning off, [...]

Murder and Mayhem in London through the Ages – Part 3: Jack the Ripper

123 years ago, a man known as Jack hung around Whitechapel, ridding the world of prostitutes. Five murders have been attributed to him. Grotesque murders, but still "only" five. Judging by the number alone, he seems a bit of an amateur among serial killers. Yet, [...]

Murder and Mayhem in London through the Ages – Part 2: Execrable executions

Continuing our time-travel through London’s pernicious past, here are a few ominous outings our forefathers might have enjoyed: Newgate prison and Execution dock Take an excursion to Newgate prison to gawk at inmates: Daniel Defoe sat here (for poking fun at the Tories), as did [...]

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