Category: Local Stories

Fawcett statue unveiling
History

A woman’s place is in Parliament Square

Women in the UK did not gain universal suffrage until 1928, but the first milestone was reached in 1918, when some women became eligible to vote. On the centenary of this first victory, Parliament Square made way for a statue of a woman to commemorate the many who fought to secure universal suffrage

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A literary party at Sir Joshua Reynolds', National Portrait Gallery
History

A London peculiarity: men only need apply

The Garrick Club, which has been going for almost two centuries, enabled respectable gentlemen to mix with the acting fraternity, not generally considered reputable members of society in Victorian times

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Sepia illustration of old cinema projector
History

A retro gem in Regent Street

What started out as a pioneering theatre that used optical illusions in its plays became the first cinema in Britain to show films to the paying public in the 1890s. Today, it’s a place to enjoy a good film amid its art deco interior and occasionally listen to a tune played on its unique organ

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History

Faithful friends remembered

Tucked away in a corner of Hyde Park is a patch of green scattered with tiny headstones, a place where well-to-do Victorians commemorated joyful times in the park with their beloved pets Cherry, Spot and dear old Topsy

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Westminster Cathedral, Ambroseden Avenue
History

Westminster’s Byzantine marvel

Built on the site of what has at various times been a plague burial ground, pleasure garden and house of correction, stands a magnificent, yet unfinished, cathedral

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Charles Dickens in his study at Gad's Hill
History

Dickens: his final chapter

Poets’ Corner would seem to the perfect place for the renowned author’s last resting place, but Dickens himself had requested an ‘unostentatious’ and ‘private’ funeral. So why were his wishes disregarded?

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Portrait of Henry VIII (left, with MoD building (centre) beneath which lies Henry's wine cellar (right)
History

Toasting Henry

Beneath the imposing grey building that houses the Ministry of Defence a Tudor gem lies hidden. Access is restricted, but one of our lucky guides

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