Parks/public spaces

  • Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

    A day on which it’s snowing in London might not seem like the obvious choice on which to go and see orchids, a notoriously finicky plant. Safely encased in a glasshouse in Kew though are ... Read more
  • Christmas at Kew

    I mentioned a while ago that I ended up signing up to be a Friend of Kew and wrote about my visit to Kew Gardens in autumn. Now we’ve realised that it’s actually pretty easy to ... Read more
  • Kew Gardens in autumn

    A few weeks ago we decided to have an early autumn trip out to Kew Gardens, it was a bit of a disaster as my boyfriend spent time lying around in bed instead of getting ... Read more
  • A weekend at the Barbican

    The other year we had a weekend mini-break in Stratford-upon-Avon where we saw the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Henry IV Part II although we didn’t get to see Part I. So, when I received the ... Read more
  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

    When I end up talking to people I don’t know and they find out I live in London I often find them telling me that they couldn’t live in such a busy city, full of ... Read more
  • Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf

    Have you visited the Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie yet? After eagerly anticipating its opening I found it to be less garden, more cruise ship lobby. Some people loved it. I really didn’t. If ... Read more
  • The Walkie Talkie’s Sky Garden

    When I went on an architectural tour of the Gherkin, architect Spencer de Grey spoke about how very few buildings really make use of their roofs for anything other than the mechanical things necessary to ... Read more
  • My favourite London places: St Dunstan in the East

    One of my favourite places in London is somewhere that I discovered years before I moved to London. A few years ago my old job required me to take a day trip down to London ... Read more
  • Strolling around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

    After a spate of shorter than five day weeks, I was very much enjoying having some time off, however, the problem with public holidays is that the vast majority of the public have them and ... Read more
  • Stepney City Farm, East London

    Stepney, London has a farm, E-I-E-I-O…and on that farm it had some chickens and donkeys and pigs and ducks and chickens and geese and goats and so on. Apart from pigeons, rats, domestic pets and the ... Read more