Category Archives: City of London

The Romans return to the City of London

The first time I saw Ridley Scott’s ‘The Gladiator‘ was in 2000 during the so called ‘Estate Romana’. The screen had been mounted in Via dei Fori Imperiali, closed to the traffic for the occasion, with the Colosseum behind. When … Continue reading

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A Dickensian Christmas in the City

A Christmas Carol is a famous novel in which Charles Dickens infused an humanitarian message of peace and mercy, against greed and social injustice. Set on a cold and rainy London at Christmas Eve, the story plays on the contrast … Continue reading

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Autumn in the City

The City of London is dotted with many gardens and open spaces of historical and natural interest. Some of these gardens were, in ancient times, part of ecclesiastical or secular buildings, such as the  Livery Companies Halls. The garden of Barber … Continue reading

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Glaziers’ Art Fair 2016

‘For me a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world.’ – Marc Chagall I love visiting the City of London Livery Halls whenever I have the occasion. This time, it was … Continue reading

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Fish Harvest Festival at St-Mary-at-Hill

‘Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore…’- Thomas Campion (1603) Festivals and ceremonies of thanksgiving for a successful harvest have been celebrated for centuries. As a Christian celebration, The Harvest Festival is traditionally held on a Sunday near the autumnal … Continue reading

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Local London Guiding Day 2016

As in previous years, I am glad to take part in Local London Guiding Day, an annual event which offers free walks around London led by local specialist guides. The theme this year is “Art for All” and free walks will highlight public art of … Continue reading

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Open House London 2016

For one weekend a year, London opens its doors to the public. You can see buildings that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to and follow architectural walks for free. London Open House weekend is on the 17th and the … Continue reading

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The Great Fire of London and the City

In the early hours of September 2nd 1666, a dry summer and a very strong wind helped a spark from the furnace of Thomas Farriner bakery in Pudding Lane, to spread fast and become one of the most destructive fires … Continue reading

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Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016

It’s been a fantastic weekend filled with special places, amazing gardens and cheerful volunteers. Grazie a tutti coloro che hanno partecipato alla mia passeggiata attraverso i giardini più o meno conosciuti della City of London. Le fioriture erano spettacolari, anche … Continue reading

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I Giardini della City

My garden walk in Italian for Open Garden Squares Weekend. All’interno dello Square Mile ci sono circa 200 spazi verdi, la maggior parte con il proprio patrimonio. Si tratta di giardini storici, cimiteri, spazi aperti, tetti ‘viventi’, e nuovi sviluppi … Continue reading

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