Lovely Camberwell in Autumn

Only a stone’s throw from central London, Camberwell and Denmark Hill is a delight. A neighbourhood of contrasts, with one of the best parks in south London (in all London?) gracious terraces of the late Georgian period and a secret wild garden. Add a plethora of great pubs, a great Greek bakery, a sublime chapel, and more than one art destination and you have a winner. Continue reading “Lovely Camberwell in Autumn”

Animal Lovers’ London

Leading a tour of Greenwich yesterday I was delighted to see two mounted police officers coming our way. We weren’t in trouble, but meeting police horses on tours, or police dogs, or any horse or any dog has to be a plus.

The officers had ridden over from nearby Lewisham and were relaxed about stopping and talking to us. One of the horses was called Livingstone, the other Young Rupert. I carry packets of mints in my bag for exactly this type of encounter, so soon most of us had rather slobbery hands and Livingstone was very aware I was the keeper of the treats.

Much as people love going on holiday, those with pets often miss them, so having a cuddle with a police horse or a friendly dog is welcome. I’m surprised how many conversations about pets take place on guided tours. Continue reading “Animal Lovers’ London”

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