All posts tagged: history

Discover hidden London: a country walk in the capital

If you enjoy exploring off the beaten track, you’ll love this short country walk, part of hidden London. It takes you past two glorious stately homes, across the River Thames by boat and into a quirky rural hide-away where you’re as likely to brush past a dramatic glass chandelier as you are a leafy branch! Dogs are welcome. It’s easy for kids, buggies and bikes. And you can get great coffee at stopping off points along the way. We treat ourselves now and then to this walk with our dog Jacob on sunny Sunday mornings.  Start discovering hidden London at Marble Hill Park, Twickenham Marble Hill House is a picture-perfect 18th century stately home sitting in the centre of 66 acres of parkland. It was built in the 1700’s for the former mistress of George II on the banks of the River Thames. The lady in question, Henrietta Howard, the Countess of Suffolk, allegedly used her payoff from the king, when he moved on to his next mistress, to fund the work on this Palladian mansion. …

A day out in West Sussex: town, country and beach

If you’re looking for a day out in West Sussex combining the beach with town and country, you can’t go far wrong partnering historic Arundel with bucket and spade Bognor. In 8 hours, or less, you can easily fit in a country walk, a spot of shopping, lunch and some history as well as dipping your toes in the sea and savouring a fish and chip supper. Here’s what my #GLO50 Book Club friends and I got up to on our day out in West Sussex. Mooch around the quaint lanes of Arundel: 1 hour You can spot the historic castle and cathedral of Arundel long before you get there. Our first stops when we arrived in this hill-top town though were the charming streets and lanes that lead up to the castle. The shops are eclectic and quaint and we quickly lost ourselves browsing through the bits and bobs in antique markets, design and houseware stores, bakeries and even an outlet selling dog-themed everything, alongside lovely painted furniture and other pretty household items. Dinky Donkey Delights …