Category: Local Stories

Nell Gwyn in The Legend of Chelsea Hospital
History

When women staged an entrance

The return of the monarchy with Charles II in 1660 not only led to the reopening of theatres, but also brought innovations such as women taking to the stage. David Evans sets the scene

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Hyde Park Pet Cemetery
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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Cruickshank Print: Credit Westminster Archives
History

A Regency Rebellion

Tread in the footsteps of the Cato Street conspirators, who on 23 February 200 years ago plotted to assassinate the prime minister and bring down

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History

Doodlebug Summer

Three years after the end of the Blitz, Westminster was once again in the front line By Mark Lubienski Dr. Reginald Victor (R. V.) Jones

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