When the guests at our Kensington hotel ask me to name some of the great traditional English (or British) dishes they should try while in London, I usually put stout, beef and oyster pie somewhere at the top of the list. (more…)
You may have long-since gathered just how much I love history!
I’m not though just addicted to the dry facts of obscure and long-forgotten (by everyone other than me that is) events. I particularly love old objects and have a major weakness for antiques. (more…)
Many people who love English history are particularly attracted to the Tudor period and even more specifically, the reign of King Henry VIII.
World-famous for his six wives (contrary to some myth, two rather than all six of which were executed) he also instigated the great religious reformation that turned the England of the time into a Protestant rather than a Catholic country. (more…)
I don’t like to be accused of being too parochial.
True, I love Kensington but I’m the first to admit that other parts of London have their attractions as well and one of those is that great culinary delicacy called the “Beigel”. No, that’s not a spelling mistake! In fact, you’ll also sometimes see the spelling “Biegel” used. (more…)
I’m not a great lover of insects.
Now before you jump to any conclusions about my phobias, no, I’m not frightened of them. I just have to confess that I don’t like them much because they’re not, on the whole, things I find to be ‘cute and cuddly’ – which is how I like my animals. (more…)
It’s well known that I like telling my guests about aspects of local history that might be less well-known and not found in many guidebooks. (more…)
I’m quite often asked about traditional British foods and one of those regularly mentioned is the “Cornish Pasty”. (more…)
You probably won’t be too surprised to learn that, as a young boy, I considered ‘dolls’ to be an entirely alien domain frequented by those strangest and most terrifying of creatures – girls! (more…)