For a true taste of all that is best in British cuisine there is no finer dining establishment than Simpson's-in-the-Strand. Only the finest seasonal ingredients are used by Master Cook Gerry Rae in a Bill of Fare that offers a wide range of classical dishes, including the best Roast Beef and Lamb in the country, and game in season. Roasts are carved at guests’ tables, from antique silver-domed trolleys, by Simpson's Master Carvers in a perfect example of restaurant theatre. Simpson's also serves the Great British Breakfast on weekdays, with the 'Ten Deadly Sins' for trencherman appetites. http://www.simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk/index.php
A work in progress for the readers of
A Post Edwardian Mystery Novel
THE WITNNESS IN BLACK
A Short Story
- Points of Interest for the Traveler to Britain -
In authoring the story of our heroine, Margot Penfield we have drawn upon many of our own life experiences. In so doing, we included persons, places and things that existed in the era when our fictional account of our heroine and her story would have actually taken place. What follows here is a selection of Points of Interest that we have created for this, Margot's first adventure. Who knows, you may enjoy visiting these special places in your own travels to Britain. Link
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Chorleywood is a village and civil parish in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. The town lies in the south west of Hertfordshire, on the border with Buckinghamshire. Chorleywood is located 20 mile north-west of Eleanor's Monument at Charing Cross in London. It is part of the London commuter belt, and included in the government-defined Greater London Urban Area. In a survey of neighborhoods carried out by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Chorleywood was found to be the neighborhood in England with the highest quality of life. Link to further information
Members of the Chorleywood Cricket Club have been playing on The Common for nearly 200 years and, for passers-by in the summer months, the sight of a cricket match in progress as they drive or walk through Chorleywood is always a quintessential British occasion. The club is a thriving local success story that has had a glorious history, a successful present and, thanks to a dedicated membership who want to ensure the legacy of the club for years to come, exciting plans for the future. Link: Chorleywood Cricket Club
London Coliseum & English
Sadler's Wells Theatre
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Royal Albert Hall
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Stanislaus Augustus, the last King of Poland, commissioned Noël Desenfans and Sir Francis Bourgeois RA, two successful London art dealers, to build a Royal Collection for Poland. In 1795, before they could complete the deal, Poland was partitioned by its powerful neighbour, Catherine the Great of Russia, his ex-lover. The King was forced to into exile, and the dealers were left with a Royal Collection on their hands. Unable to sell it, they left the collection to Dulwich College in 1811 under the terms of Bourgeois’ will, stating that it should be available for the ‘inspection of the public’. Bourgeois left another condition in his will: that the architect for the new gallery should be his friend, Sir John Soane (1754-1837). The brief was not just to build a gallery for the pictures, but also almshouses for six old ladies (now exhibition rooms) and a mausoleum for its founders. The challenge was irresistible. Soane turned up at Dulwich the very day after Bourgeois' death. The building has influenced the design of art galleries ever since.
The Collection • The paintings provide a perfect introduction to art in the age of Baroque. The outstanding collection of seventeenth and eighteenth century old master paintings includes major works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Murillo, Poussin, Watteau, Gainsborough, Rubens, Tiepolo and Canaletto. Around three hundred and fifty works are on permanent display. The Gallery also mounts a series of international loan exhibitions, which contribute to its reputation as an important venue for art lovershttp://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/default.aspx
Highlights of more places to come.....
St. Martins in the Fields
Temple Place on the Embankment
Charing Cross Hotel
Midland Grand Hotel at St. Pancras Station
Grosvenor Victoria Hotel
Great Eastern Hotel
Simpsons on the Strand
Adams style Ceilings (Robert Adams)
Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
Charing Cross Station
Liverpool Street Station
Oxford Martyrs Memorial Oxford
Isle of Canna
Station Hotel Inverness
Kyle of Lochalsh
Kyle of Lochalsh Hotel
Isle of Skye
Preswick Golf Club
It has been suggested that the street was named after Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, the 1st Earl of Salisbury, an important courtier to Queen Elizabeth I and renowned as a trailblazing spymaster. However, it seems to be one of a number of nearby streets and places that have been named for the land-owning family including Cranbourn Street and the Salisbury pub on St Martin's Lane.
Trafalgar Square ...
is a public space and gathering place for Londoners and visitors alike in Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. It is in the borough of the City of Westminster. At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. There are a number of statues and sculptures in the square, with one plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art. The square is also used for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year's Eve.
The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars over France. The original name was to have been "King William the Fourth's Square", but George Ledwell Taylor suggested the name "Trafalgar Square".
In the 1820s, George IV engaged the architect John Nash to redevelop the area. Nash cleared the square as part of his Charing Cross Improvement Scheme. The present architecture of the square is due to Sir Charles Barry and was completed in 1845.
Trafalgar Square is owned by the Queen in Right of the Crown, and managed by the Greater London Authority, while Westminster City Council owns the roads around the square, including the pedestrianised area of the North Terrace.
The square consists of a large central area with roadways on three sides, and a terrace to the north, in front of the National Gallery. The roads around the square form part of the A4 road.The square was formerly surrounded by a one-way traffic system, but works completed in 2003 reduced the width of the roads and closed the northern side to traffic.
Nelson's Column is in the centre of the square, flanked by fountains designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1937-9 as replacements for two earlier fountains of Peterhead granite (now in Canada), and guarded by four monumental bronze lions sculpted by Sir Edwin Landseer. The column is topped by a statue of Horatio Nelson, the vice admiral who commanded the British Fleet at Trafalgar.
On the north side of the square is the National Gallery and to its east St Martin-in-the-Fields church. The square adjoins The Mall entered through Admiralty Arch to the southwest. To the south is Whitehall, to the east Strand and South Africa House, to the north Charing Cross Road and on the west side Canada House. http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/art-culture/trafalgar-square
Simsons on the Strand
Simpson's-in-the-Strand is one of London's most historic landmark restaurants and has been offering classic British dishes to its delighted patrons for over 170 years.
Originally opened in 1828 as a chess club and coffee house - The Grand Cigar Divan - Simpson's soon became known as the "home of chess", attracting such chess luminaries as Howard Staunton the first English world chess champion through its doors. It was to avoid disturbing the chess games in progress that the idea of placing large joints of meat on silver-domed trolleys and wheeling them to guests' tables first came into being, a practice Simpson's still continues today. One of the earliest Master Cooks insisted that everything in the restaurant be British and the Simpson's of today remains a proud exponent of the best of British food. Famous guests include Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone.