LONDON

High Beach, Epping Forest, Royalty, Poets and Highwaymen

On Sunday I am doing a short live zoom tour at High Beach in Epping Forest for a company I often work with. The trees here are mainly oak, beech, hornbeam and silver birch. I love walking here especially at this time of year when the rough ground is covered with autumn leaves. We...

White Harts, Old Oaks and Lady Jane Grey

I spent my school years in Leicester and my family live there still. I was surprised on a recent visit to see Tim Hortons has an outlet there. It opened last year in a building that started life in 1885 as the East Gate Coffee House and it was popular with members of the...

St Ermin’s Hotel – Spy Central

The statues at the entrance are wearing masks because of Covid 19, not as a disguise although this is the place where all the secret service bureaux crossed paths during WWII. My interest in spies began during my guide training course in Bordeaux. I conduct a walk there based on the 1940s Nazi Occupation....

Tagore

This bust of the Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore is in my favourite London square. It is Dorset Square, Bloomsbury and I love it because it looks a little wilder than most, the plants here are not quite under control. In the spring it is full of bluebells. Discrete notices around the square...