Category Archives: LONDON

London: Summing Up

IN THE PAST WEEK, I’ve been all around London, from the mews of Mayfair to the thrift shops of Dalston, from the obsessively planted Avenue Gardens of Regents Park to the tiny back gardens of friends in Islington, from David … Continue reading

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The British Museum, Housing the World’s Treasures for Us All

LONDONERS LOVE THEIR INFREQUENT SUNSHINE, as I learned the other day on the way to the British Museum. From my top-deck bus seat, I saw them out in force, basking in any available square of green, like Gray’s Inn Fields, … Continue reading

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London: Victorian Holland Park, Preserved in Amber

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD, another historic house museum…in yesterday’s drizzle I took the Tube to Holland Park, en route to 18 Stafford Terrace, the perfectly preserved upper-middle class home of┬áPunch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne and his family. The Sambournes moved … Continue reading

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London: Sunday Sail to Greenwich

MUCH IS NEW in London since I was last here a decade ago, development spurred largely by the 2012 London Olympics. Not least of the improvements are the new Overground train service, which makes access to central London from some … Continue reading

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London: A Dickensian Day with Pubs Aplenty

IT WAS MORE THE HOUSE — a late Regency row house in Holborn that I knew would have similarities with the two mid-19th c. houses I own in Brooklyn — than any particular connection with Charles Dickens that brought me … Continue reading

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A Sunny, Art-full Day in London Town

SUNNY AND IN THE 60s…I can’t complain about yesterday’s weather in London. And there’s something about the sky. When it’s not gray (as it so often is, and is again today, Friday), it’s particularly, poignantly beautiful. I visited two of … Continue reading

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London: St. Paul’s to Fleet Street to Waterloo Sunset

YESTERDAY I LET MYSELF BE LED THROUGH the multifarious heart of London by two lifelong Londoners. First by bus, where I appreciated the classic proportions of St. Paul’s Cathedral, above, from the top deck of the swaying red leviathan on … Continue reading

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