For Whom the Bells Toll…

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The silencing of Big Ben and the muffling of bells and drums for the funeral of Margaret Thatcher made me reflect on the importance of bells – their part in our history, the ceremonial traditions of  the City of London as well as the country at large. St Paul’s Cathedral, the great Wren masterwork, is […]

Becoming A Freeman Of The City Of London

michael caine museum of london exhibition

‘Not a lot of people know that‘ Sir Michael Caine CBE became a Freeman of the City of London on 8 March, the day before his 80th birthday, in recognition of his long film career. Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in 1933 to a fishporter and housewife, he was brought up in Southwark and then the Elephant […]

At Sixes & Sevens – A Phrase Born In The City Of London


In days gone by the pageants for the Lord Mayors of London were held on the river rather than on the street, thus the term ‘floats’ which is now in common usage as a description for any vehicle that’s been all dressed up for a festival. During these river spectacles there could be as many […]