Category Archives: London

A second day in London

I stopped at Africa House (built 1921) on Kingsway to look up at the sculpture that adorns it. Just the teensiest bit problematic? Those disembodied heads on the capitals look like something out of Heart of Darkness, and martial Britannia … Continue reading

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Bach’s Magnificat

At St Martin in the Fields with the Whitehall Choir and the Brandenburg Baroque soloists. They also performed Bach’s cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis. I hadn’t listened to the complete Magnificat in over 35 years, so this was a treat. … Continue reading

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A day in London

I visited the Paul Nash exhibition at Tate Modern this morning. There was a serendipitous moment en route: the Gill-like relief sculptures on Neville House in Page Street: Thanks to an obliging doorman, I learned that they are by Edward … Continue reading

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Bishopsgate Institute

Designed 1895 by Charles Harrison Townsend, and it is still a library and cultural institute. I used to come to yoga classes here 30 years ago, and even today it was like stepping back in time. When I paid my … Continue reading

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Waterloo Bridge

I was struck by how colourful the night view from Waterloo Bridge is – with the exception of St Paul’s, which is in grisaille.

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Going home

I was up at dawn this morning, and here’s the proof: Early-morning deer-stalking: followed by the train to London, which is absolutely not the place to be on one of the hottest-ever September days. However on a walk between Euston and … Continue reading

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London today

A drizzly afternoon in London that was mine to play with, so I paid my first visit to the Courtauld Gallery. It’s the right size for an art collection – i.e. not dauntingly big – but even so I didn’t … Continue reading

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