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!

Unsaintly Saints

Unsaintly Saints: strange paths to martyrdom

Strange paths to martyrdom

Beyond the roll-call of saints and their attributes familiar to us all, there is a wealth of others whose lives were eccentric to say the least. Mediaeval artists had a wonderful time depicting their symbols in a variety of ways – St Lucy with her plates of eyes, St Agatha with plate-loads of breasts; St Wilgefortis with her beard to protect her from unwanted seduction, to name but a few….


  • 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…]