London’s Shortest Season: Green Spaces In The East

Better late than never. It seems that proper summer, as opposed to ‘that warm week we always get in May’ has finally hit England’s capital. Temperatures have inched over 25 for the first time this year, and the infamous Central Line has inevitably become a sauna. More seriously, most people imagine a sprawling metropolis when…

London A-Z: A Is For…Abney Park Cemetery

At the edge of London’s Zone 2 there’s a wilderness. The constant hum of traffic is replaced by nesting birds, damp ground underfoot and a thick canopy that drops dappled shadows onto the pale faces of long-forgotten gravestones.   Abney Park Cemetery is one of London’s Magnificent Seven – a series of large burial grounds…

Celebrating 500 Years At Hampton Court Palace

There are few places that evoke the past better than Hampton Court Palace. Set back from a curve in the Thames amid beautifully landscaped gardens and somewhat less romantically, still within London’s Zone 6, Henry VIII’s former home provides its visitors with a flamboyant trip through 500 years of royal history.   In fact, this…

The Art Of Anatomy At London’s Hunterian Museum

Did you know that barnacles have stomachs? It had never crossed my mind. Neither had I formed opinions on the size of salmon’s ovaries or the intricate structure of a whale’s bladder. After years of biology lessons, working my way through various pint-sized pets and being fascinated by all creatures, I knew very little about…