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Friday, April 29, 2016

POST-TOUR JAUNTS: THE JOYS OF OPEN CITY DAYS

WE TOUR SOME GREAT OLD BUILDINGS


OPEN CITY is a thriving organization which runs many tours and programs. See their website here, and learn all about their many activities throughout the year. We attended as many events as we could during their annual opening of London Buildings in September 2014.  In 2016, Open City days are Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18. Free open weekends are held in many cities, including in the U.S.  Some great viewing available!!

Victoria here. Though no one can see Carlton House, the Prince Regent's demolished palace, pulled down in 1824-5-6, we did the next best thing. The location of the former palace is now occupied by Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrace, two rows of tall white stuccoed mansions built in 1827-32. Most of them are occupied by institutions rather than the grand aristocratic families who once resided there.

Here is the door of #6, now the Royal Society. Before WWII, this was the German Embassy, domain of Ambassador von Ribbentrop.  


The Royal Society is an independent scientific academy in Britain and the Commonwealth, founded in 1660 as an "invisible college of natural philosophers." Today there are 1,600 fellows.

James Watt F.R.S. (Fellow of the Royal Society)

The rooms are beautifully appointed, certainly redone since its beginning, but preserving the character of the early 19th Century.



Stairway details






Charles Darwin 1809-1882
naturalist and writer on evolution

looking out


library









Benjamin Franklin, who spent many years in London, was a member.


The Royal Society's website is here.

Though we certainly appreciated the many scientific achievements of the fellows and the contributions of the Royal Society to the advancement of science, I have to admit we were even more captivated by examining the architecture and decor, imagining what it must have been long ago.  Luckily we had another spot to visit in the Carlton House Terrace, next time.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

THE ADVENTURES OF A TOUR GUIDE


Number One London is preparing a line up of new tours for 2017!


We don't have details yet, as various components of the tours still have to be finalized. To that end, Kristine will be making the ultimate sacrifice - another trip to England beginning on May 1. 

Regency author Diane Gaston (Perkins) will be along for the ride. And I do mean ride. Whilst I'll be busy attending to serious tour business, there's no telling what Diane will be getting up to. I've travelled to England with Diane in the past - I know whereof I speak. Here's the proof -



At Belvoir Castle, Diane picked up a pair of Highwaymen. 



Next thing I knew, she was taking riding lessons at The Jockey Club in Newmarket. 
She said it was all in the name of research, but I have my doubts. 

Check out her latest release and see if you can find any passages based on this "research."



Diane and I will be visiting London, the Peak District, Derby and Brighton. Along the way, in addition to attending to business, we'll be visiting with old friends, making new friends and business partners, attending the theatre, viewing stately homes, strolling a beach or two, checking out museums, taking a private tour of Buckingham Palace and seeing a few exhibitions. And yes, we will be re-visiting Apsley House. 




Of course, we'll be taking new selfies all along the way. And while we're in England, I'll be regularly posting to social media so be sure to check my personal Facebook page and our Number One London Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram.


Stay tuned for details on all 2017 Tours coming soon!