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Another map, this one done for my UKToursOnline talk, “Star-Spangled Capital”. That’s about statues and memorials to Americans in London, and includes presidents, Founding Fathers, authors, philanthropists, artists and more. As always, this is an ongoing project, so if you know of something that should be included, just post the details in the comments and […]
the edith cavell memorial london
WHAT: Edith Cavell Memorial: WHERE: St Martin’s Place (map) BY WHOM: Sir George Frampton WHEN: 1920
Another free talk from me and my four friends at UKToursOnline. Here we look forward to the reopening of the UK’s galleries and museums by picking some of our favourites, and sharing our favourite objects in the British Museum and the V+A.
If you should come into the Abbey through the West Door and into the nave, you will walk over the memorial to Sir Winston Churchill, but  everyone, whether commoner or Queen, walks around the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. This is the last resting place of a British soldier, “known only to God” and is a commemoration of British […]
To the reopened (after a 3 ½ year, £18m+ revamp) Museum of the Home, a London Society tour with the museum director Sonia Solicari, and Naila Yousuf, the lead architect on the project from the firm of Wright + Wright. Way back in the dark ages of the 1980s I lived in Hoxton where the […]
Eastcheap – from an old english word for market (and “east” to distinguish it from the original Westcheap, now ‘Cheapside’) – runs from Monument tube station towards the Tower of London; its name dates to at least anglo-saxon times. At number 20 is a bar called Eastcheap Records, but look above the door and you […]
A couple of hundred metres from the much more famous Nelson’s column you will find the slightly more senior Duke of York’s Column (Nelson was unveiled in 1840, the Duke of York in 1834). This commemorates Frederick, second son of George III, younger brother of the Prince Regent (who became George IV) and commander-in-chief of […]
There are quite a number of ‘Holland Houses’ in the capital – the remains of a Jacobean country home in Holland Park, Kensington; a school in Edgware; a student hostel near Victoria – but it’s only outside Holland House in Bury Street in The City (a stone’s throw from the Gherkin), that they still fly […]
Much of the narrative on the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire is framed by the actions of the white British campaigners – Josiah Wedgewood; Wilberforce, Thornton and the ‘Clapham Sect’ – with the voices and deeds of former slaves either pushed to the background or disregarded entirely. However, in recent years […]
A virtual tour from www.uktoursonline.com where I look at some of the capital’s most significant and most poignant war memorials from the First World War, including the Cenotaph, the memorials to the Machine Gun Corps and the Fusiliers, the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster […]
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