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  1. Royal London Hospital Museum

     Some of the display cabinets in this well laid out medical history museum – All photos courtesy of The Royal London Hospital Archives

    The Royal London Hospital Museum is a wonderful small, medical museum located in the crypt of a beautiful former church, St Augustine with St Philip's, in the hospital grounds. Whitechapel is an area best known for its associations with the infamous Jack the Ripper and this is just one of the displays at the museum.

    However, there is so much more to offer and for me, my visit there was to find out more about Nurse Edith Cavell and the hospital’s most famous patient/ inmate Joseph Merrick, who is also known as The Elephant Man, while I was researching a new walk for Centre of The Cell.

  2.  Centre of the Cell

    The entrance to Centre of the Cell is located in the smaller of two blocks

    Tucked away only a couple of minutes from the busy Whitechapel Road is Centre of the Cell, a medical and science based educational centre which uses the latest interactive technology to create a fun learning environment.

    Centre of the Cell is located in the Blizard Insistute, named after Sir William Blizard, a distinguished surgeon at The London Hospital and one of the College's founders.

    It’s one of the most colourful and slightly outrageous buildings in East London.

  3. All Saints Margaret Street

     All Saints Margaret Street Church spire - at 227 feet tall it's 2 feet higher than Westminster Abbey's western towers 

    London has some beautiful Victorian Gothic style buildings, amongst its most popular are Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin’s Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) and George Gilbert Scott’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, my own personal favourite. However hidden away, behind busy Oxford Street, is the smaller, less well known but equally magnificent architectural masterpiece of All Saints Margaret Street designed by William Butterfield. It’s in a style also known as gothic revival which was popular in the 1800s and it draws its influence from the great gothic religious buildings of the Middle Ages.

    The spire which stands at nearly 230 feet (70 metres) tall rises high above the surrounding buildings and is 2 feet taller than the western towers of Westminster Abbey.

  4. Dismounting Ceremony

     The Blues and Royals at the Dismounting Ceremony -  recognisable in their blue tunics and red plumed helmets

    The Changing of the Guards ceremony is one of great displays of British pageantry. However it’s extremely popular, so why not avoid the crowds and as an alternative check out the lesser known but equally photogentic Punishment Parade? 

    The Dismounting Ceremony, to give it its official title, takes place daily at 4pm within the courtyard of Horse Guards. The tradition dates back to 1894 when it is said that Queen Victoria arrived one day without warning to find that her guards had failed to turn out when her carriage went passed, as they were drinking and gambling in the middle of the afternoon instead of guarding her palace.  She then gave orders that the guards should be inspected daily for the next one hundred years. The tradition continues to this day although the timescale for this has passed.

    There are two monuted guards at the entrance to Horse Guards every day from 10am to 4pm. The guards on duty belong to either the Lifeguards or the Blues and Royals, two of the most senior regiments in the British Army which make up the Household Cavalry.

  5. Spitalfields Charnel House

    Lying beneath a glass pavement close to Spitalfields Market is a charnel house, an amazing reminder of the area’s medieval past. It’s located in a sunken courtyard accessed by steps and is only occasionally open to the public.

  6. 18 Stafford Terrace

     18 Stafford Terrace is indistinguishable from its neighbouring stucco fronted houses apart from its unusual window box

    Earlier this week I enjoyed a complementary tour of 18 Stafford Terrace, a remarkably well preserved late Victorian townhouse. It’s located on a quiet road just moments from busy Kensington High Street. It's one in a row a terraced classical styled properties dating from the 1870s and consists of five floors including basement and attic. The house, was previously known as Linley Sambourne House after its most famous resident Edward Linley Sambourne, the Punch cartoonist.

    All admissions to 18 Stafford Terrace are by guided tours only. On the day I visited Shirley was our guide and her knowledge and enthusiasm made for a very enjoyable visit. The tour started in the servants’ quarters in the basement where we watched an introductory film show about the house and its former occupants. On leaving the basement we viewed the remainder of the house which is a Victorian time capsule.

  7. Little Venice

    It’s uncertain where the name "Little Venice" came from and even though you’re unlikely to see any gondolas, it’s a title that well suits this area with its attractive waterways.

    For most of the year Little Venice is one of the most charming and tranquil corners in London but on the first bank holiday weekend in May (Saturday 4th - Monday 6th May 2013) the area is transformed with the vibrant and colourful Canalway Cavalcade, a unique waterways festival. It is organised by the IWA (Inland Waterways Association). More information about the IWA can be found on their website here.

  8. Sacred Tarts

     Our Lady Of Sorrows by Cake Follies

    Sacred Tarts - a divine cake sale

    When you attends an event at Barts Pathology Museum you can always expect a fun and entertaining time. On Easter Saturday 2013, Sacred Tarts saw the museum hosting a religious themed cake sale which provided an array of tempting goodies as an alternative to the traditional Easter egg. On offer were edible crucifixes, pope cakes and St Lucy's Eyeball Truffles just to name a few. In addition there were cocktails, live music and the opportunity to view the museum's collection. The cakes are a work of art in themselves and almost too nice to eat.

  9. Agatha Christie Memorial

    Agatha Christie Memorial - London

    The London memorial to Agatha Christie by Ben Twiston-Davies is cleverly designed  in the shape of a book, reflecting her status as one of the world’s best selling authors.

    The bronze memorial was unveiled on 18th November 2012 to coincide with The Mousetrap's 60th anniversary celebrations. 

    It is located close to Leicester Square Tube Station at the junction of Cranbourne Street and Great Newport Street, in the heart of London’s theatreland. 

  10. St Albans Signal Box

    St Albans is best known for its magnificent cathedral but if you’ve travelled there by train you might have noticed the historic St Albans Signal Box adjacent to the station. This cheerful yellow and maroon painted building always puts a smile on my face as I travel past it so I was delighted to find out that there are regular free open days throughout the year.

    The Signal Box is Grade II listed and dates back to 1892, replacing an earlier one on the site. It is a prefabricated wooden building, meaning that it was built off site, and at a later time the building was extended with the idea to house more levers but they were never installed. It closed in 1979 and has since been restored and opened to the public thanks to the volunteers from the St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust.