The great Samuel Johnson
said that when one is tired of London, one is tired of life. I
couldn't agree more. It's one of my very favorite cities in the
world, and I try to get there as often as I can—hey, it's
I recently returned from a short visit and here are a few of the
wonderful things I experienced as I explored its rich and fascinating
gates around Buckingham Palace look splendid in the English sun.
Palace itself is quite impressive as well. For those of you interested
in history, it didn't become the oficial residence of the British
monarch until the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
As I write Regency-set
historical novels, I was interested in seeing
St.James's Palace, which was home to "Mad" King George
As you can see, it's far more modest than Buckingham Palace.
Horse Guards stand guard at a building called, er, Horse Guards,
which housed many of the top military brass during the Napoleonic
Wars. Today it's still an offical government building, and one
can view a small, but fascinating museum on the history of the
Horse Guards, as well as see the everyday workings of the orginal
This is the back of Horse Guards, overlooking the parade grounds
where the mounted troops would drill. I've set some of the action
of my new WIP here, so I spent an afternoon poking around the
grounds and the museum.
Right next to Horse
Guards is the Admiralty, which is often mentioned
in Regency-set books. (Fans of Patrick O'Brian will also be familiar
with the place.)
Regency times, Hatchards was one of the most famous boostores
in London. It still exists on Picadilly Street and carries a wonderful
assortment of books.
British Museum is always a must-see for me when I visit London,
especially its magnificent display of the Elgin Marbles.
always try to plan a trip to London so that I am there on a Saturday
moring and can visit Portobello Market .I love strolling through
all the fun, funky stalls lining the street.You never know what
treasures will turn up!
One of the dealers had a stall
devoted to miniature portraits painted during the Georgian/Regency
times. Aren't they exquisite! Sadly they were way too expensive
for me, but it was fun looking!