Before Picasso

The environs of Pimlico Tube Station can confuse the visitor. Roads splay off in an arbitrary arrangement. A sign indicates your exit to get to Tate Britain. It is eerily quiet.You move forward cautiously and weave round the curve of Bessborough Street. Wham bam; you are back in noisy London, with the thundering traffic of Vauxhall Bridge Road.

Gyrating at the Grosvenor House Hotel

For the first time for a while I was at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane earlier this year for an Awards Dinner. The Hotel is owned by Marriott and is one of the flagships in the Group.

The do was in the Ballroom, the smaller of the two major hospitality venues in the hotel, capable according to the Hotel of being able to host 550 for a banquet.

The Aintree Grand National - A View from the Grandstand

This blogpost has only one London reference in it, but it does concern a British institution, and as I get quite a number of page views from overseas (thank you), I thought I’d do a piece on this year’s event.

The race has been running for 165 years, and I have attended most years since 1983 – a boys’ weekend, although the boys today have matured with age, or so we would  like to think.

Castle Howard, Brideshead and some London connections

I am tempted to start with “It’s that place where they did Brideshead Revisited, isn’t it?” But to limit its appeal to that tag is a mite disrespectful, even though both the 1981 TV series based on Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel, and the later 2008 film, were made at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, and the stories of the filming of each are told in a special exhibition in the house.


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