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!

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…]

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…]

The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields

The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields Welcomed at first with open arms and bringing luxury skills, the Huguenots’ fortunes fluctuated wildly. I talk about their early 18th-century houses that still [More…]