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The fires that shaped London

The ‘Square Mile’ has seen its fair share of fires since a settlement was first founded here by the Romans 2,000 years ago. But two big events dominate in the history books – the Great Fire of 1666, which left four-fifths of the City in ruins, and incendiary […]

Painstakingly re-packaging London 

Watching archaeologists at work on construction sites in London over the years, I’ve often wondered what happens to all the artefacts they unearth. The major finds often soon end up on show to the public in special museum exhibitions, but what about the mere fragments that – to […]

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Bedlam over London

With the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey on the “Places worth seeing” list, a modern day visitor to London would find much of the 1862 edition of Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book To London And Its Environs very familiar. Written with the railway traveller in mind, the publication […]

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Cuba looks to the future

Before leaving for the airport, I went to have a look around Havana’s cathedral, a Cuban baroque building, with two vast towers and completed in 1787. Designed by Italian architect Francesco Borromini, it was described by the novelist Alejo Carpenter as “music set in stone” and is one […]

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