London’s Calling: A Bell is Born

Towering over the city, Big Ben is a symbol of London, its deep chime a familiar sound echoing through history. Here is the fascinating story behind Big Ben’s journey toward its first iconic clang, but you will see, it wasn’t without hiccups. The tower was built in the 1840s and ’50s, and it took more …

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Mayhem in Mayfair (or not)

Mayfair is one of London’s poshest districts and near the heart of it lies Grosvenor Square, one of London’s largest garden squares. Flats here regularly change hands for around £20 million and one apartment here was sold for over £110 million in 2020. The square lies within the prestigious Grosvenor Estate owned by one of …

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April 1st, April Fool’s Day

April 1st, a day of playful pranks, hoaxes, and laughter (sometimes!) – that’s April Fool’s Day! While the exact origins of the tradition remain unclear, some theories trace it back to medieval Europe. There’s a possibility it’s linked to the shift from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century, where those who …

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The Ghosts of Berkeley Square

London’s garden squares are one of its many attractions. They can be refuges from the hustle and bustle of city life, places to sit under the trees and contemplate that life. Berkeley Square, in London’s wealthy Mayfair district, is one of them, but be warned: this is not your ordinary green oasis. This is a …

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15 January 1759 : The Birth of the British Museum

On 15 January 1759, the British Museum opened to the public, becoming the world’s first national public museum. The Birth of the British Museum: the Father Sir Hans Sloane was a distinguished physician, naturalist, and collector. He had amassed a vast and diverse collection of books, manuscripts, antiquities, natural history specimens and curiosities throughout his …

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