My job gives me the privilege of being out and about every day in London.

Whether leading a walk, visiting a museum or gallery, or just enjoying the city's bustle or its quiet spaces, there's always something new to see, something interesting going on.

In my blog, I seek to reflect the ever-changing patterns of life in the greatest City on Earth!

Gentle Author’s LONDON ALBUM

Spitalfields Gentle Author launches latest book – evocative pix of the old East End

Hampton Court & Daniel Marot

When William of Orange left Holland to be crowned King of England, he was followed by one Daniel Marot, who had fled France following the Revocation of the Edict of [More…]

Huguenot silk weavers and the age of elegance

The 18th century is often described as the age of elegance – in dress, etiquette, furniture, ceramics and silver. And the Huguenot craftsmen – goldsmiths, silk weavers, designers played a [More…]

Huguenot Festival

The wonderful, long-overdue Huguenot Festival,8-21 April, centres on Spitalfields. This year is the 250 anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Garthwaite, the outstanding English designer of patterned silks.  In [More…]

Sandys Row Synagogue, Spitalfields

The only Ashkenazi synagogue left in Spitalfields and what a gem! Hidden away in Sandys Row, in the heart of Spitalfield, this 18C building was built for the Calvinist Huguenots, [More…]

Huguenot Silk Weavers: from riches to rags

The Huguenots of Spitalfields festival is running from 8 April to 21 April and is set to be a f antastic hit.  walks, talks, visits, demonstrations of weaving, it’s an [More…]

Huguenot Festival, 8-21 April 2013

THE GREAT SPITALFIELDS HUGUENOT FEST…Don’t even think of missing it.All the details are on the website! And very exciting – talks by Dan Cruickshank and Tessa Murdoch (and me!), walks [More…]

Spitalfields Roundels

Some of the most delightful discoveries in Spitalfields are found sunk into the pavements – the decorative iron roundels, visual markers of Spitalfields’ rich history. Here are a couple of [More…]

Spitalfields houses

Look closely at these early 17C houses in Spitalfields – they look so solid, don’t they? But some were built only one brick deep, some only one room deep. They [More…]

Spitalfields and the Huguenot Silk Weavers

Spitalfields, just outside the old City of London, is one of the most fascinating areas of London. Nearly two thousand years ago, the Romans buried their dead here; then came [More…]