Mr Bell’s Art Deco London In Pictures

London is a city that’s known for its architecture from the Gothic splendour of Westminster Abbey to the more formal Nash terraces of Regent’s Park, but until I started researching this post I hadn’t realised how many Art Deco buildings there were, the city is full of them. These are some of my personal favourites. Continue reading Mr Bell’s Art Deco London In Pictures

Mr Bell Visits Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace

Winter can be a great time to visit London, yes the weather can be very unpredictable but it’s less crowded and quite often there are some good offers on entrance fees, many half price. This is one of the reasons I’m at Kensington Palace today. Continue reading Mr Bell Visits Kensington Palace

Mr Bell At The Magical Lantern Festival: A Different Perspective

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I’ve been trying to get tickets to visit the Chiswick House Magical Lantern Festival but I’ve not had much luck what with work commitments it seems that the times that I have off are the most popular to visit. With that in mind I decided to take a walk down there during the day to see what all the fuss was about. Continue reading Mr Bell At The Magical Lantern Festival: A Different Perspective

Mr Bell’s London: A Riverside Stroll From Hammersmith Bridge To Kew Bridge

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The Hammersmith name was first recorded in 1294 and most likely comes from the Saxon words for hammer and smithy, a trade the area used to be associated with many years ago. Continue reading Mr Bell’s London: A Riverside Stroll From Hammersmith Bridge To Kew Bridge

Mr Bell’s London: Aldwych Disused Underground Station

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The London Underground has always held a weird fascination for me and with it being the world’s first underground railway let me tell you there’s lots to be fascinated with. There’s disused stations, tunnels and lines all over the city many that have been closed for years. Recently I got to go on a guided tour of one of the most well known disused stations. Aldwych on the Piccadilly Line. Continue reading Mr Bell’s London: Aldwych Disused Underground Station

Mr Bell’s London: Westminster And Whitehall

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The area around Westminster and Whitehall in London is always filled with tourists and is home to some of London’s most famous and iconic tourist attractions but step away from the main areas and you’ll discover some parts of London that the tourist rarely sees. Continue reading Mr Bell’s London: Westminster And Whitehall

Mr Bell’s Walk Around Soho

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Officially the area known as Soho is contained within the boundaries of Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street. Chinatown, based along Gerrard Street south of Shaftesbury Avenue, is also considered by many to be part of Soho. The history of Soho goes back to the Middle Ages when the church owned the land, leasing it out as farmland. After the Dissolution the land came under the control of Henry VIII, he used the land for hunting which is where the area probably got its name, from the ancient hunting cry “so-ho!”. Continue reading Mr Bell’s Walk Around Soho