Category Archives: Subj_Christmas

Christmas in London

Above: Looking SE along Slingsby Place, a narrow alleyway near Seven Dials. Like many other cities and towns across Britain in December, London always puts on a good display to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. One well-known location is Trafalgar … Continue reading

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Campden Hill Square on Christmas Eve

Above: A residential house with candles to be seen at the windows. Campden Hill Square – whose spelling should not be confused with locations in Camden which is another part of London completely – is actually a rectangular piece of … Continue reading

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Christmas in London

Above: Piccadilly Arcade, decorated for Christmas shoppers. “Reminiscing the Past” Nothing stays the same. That’s for sure. Because the date of Christmas is a fixture, when that time of the year comes around it is a reminder of times past … Continue reading

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Somerset House Skating Rink

Above: Looking north in the courtyard of Somerset House at the skating rink. There is something about skating on ice that obviously appeals to people. Within the last few years, as a result of the Crossrail project, two bone skates … Continue reading

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Covent Garden at Christmas

Above: Looking east in Charles Fowler’s 1830 neo-classical building bedecked with the Christmas decorations of greenery looking like giant mistletoe. Covent Garden began life as a specially laid out square. The concept was that it would be laid out as … Continue reading

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Boar’s Head Feasting

Above: The original stone sign of the Boar’s Head Tavern, Eastcheap. The stone, dated 1668, must have been made for the exterior wall of the tavern that was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London (1666). When the tavern was … Continue reading

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Boar’s Head Ceremony

Above: The members of the Butchers’ Company assembled outside their hall near Smithfield, ready to march off to Mansion House bearing the decorated Boar’s Head. The Boar’s Head Ceremony has been celebrated in one form or another throughout England for … Continue reading

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Leadenhall Market at Christmas

Above: Photograph taken about 1910 of the interior of Leadenhall Market at Christmas. Copyright Bishopsgate Institute. Among all the modern ‘high tech’ buildings of the 20th and 21st centuries, the City still retains equally ‘high tech’ buildings from the 17th, … Continue reading

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Toy Shops at Christmas

Above: The busy scene in the Lowther Arcade in 1883. In the main, toy shops are a thing of the past. Many of us will remember the days of our childhood and how there was a toy shop in the … Continue reading

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Finsbury Square and Tom Smith

Above: Stone drinking fountain in Finsbury Square. Just north of Finsbury Circus — which is within the boundary of the City of London — lies Finsbusy Square which is within the old Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury — now part of … Continue reading

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